Natural History Pub Series

2016-2017 Natural History Pub Series

Talks begin at 7:00 pm - doors open at 5:30 pm

Food and beverage sales in Father Luke's Room help support this popular lecture series. Seating is limited and RSVP is required. Registration opens one month prior to the program.

At McMenamins Old St. Francis School
700 NW Bond St., Bend


Natural History Pub:  Monitoring the Pacific Northwest’s American Pika Populations

The American pika faces major threats from climate change and habitat loss. Please join Dr. Matt Shinderman, senior instructor of natural resources at Oregon State University-Cascades, for a discussion of an exciting new Pacific Northwest monitoring and research program that aims to expand our understanding of this remarkable animal. RSVP:


Natural History Pub: Tracking Oregon's Expanding Wolf Population, sorry, FULL

Oregon’s known wolf population increased by 36 percent between 2014 and 2015, with at least 110 wolves now thought to be roaming the state. John Stephenson has been the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wolf Program Coordinator for Oregon since 2004. He will provide insight into the current distribution and status of wolves in the State and some of the management issues we are dealing with. Waitlist will be taken at the door.



Natural History Pub: Wildfires in the West

Wildland fire management presents numerous and interconnected social, ecological and economic challenges for the West. Join Dr. Crystal Kolden, assistant professor  in the College of Science at the University of Idaho, for a fascinating discussion of the complexities of fire ecology and approaches to building ‘fire adapted communities’ that can coexist with wildland fires. RSVP: opens October 8.



Natural History Pub: Geology of the High Desert

Join geologist Dr. Daniele McKay, a natural resources instructor at Oregon State University-Cascades, to learn about the incredible forces that have shaped the High Desert region. RSVP:



Natural History Pub: Environmental Migrations

Community-wide migrations are expected to become increasingly common as climate change causes more extreme environmental conditions. Join Dr. Elizabeth Marino, assistant professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University-Cascades, to learn about the complexities of environmental migration and implications for the High Desert region. RSVP: 


Natural History Pub: Restoring the Range

What do a sage-grouse, wildfire and Italian pasta making machine have in common? They’re all part of an innovative research project seeking new methods for restoring degraded arid rangelands for the benefit of nature and people. Jay Kerby, Southeast Oregon Project Manager with The Nature Conservancy, will explain how a non-native grass is dramatically transforming the sagebrush ecosystem to the detriment of wildlife, ranching and human health. He will explore why traditional restoration methods are not up to the challenge, and how good science and pioneering thinking are imagining a new approach to landscape restoration. 


Natural History Pub: Forest Management and Martens

Join Dr. Katie Moriarty, postdoctoral research wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, for a fascinating discussion of the impact that forest thinning may have upon marten populations in Oregon. 


Natural History Pub: Water Resources and Community Collaboration

Collaboration among diverse perspectives is essential for addressing regional water management strategies in the Spokane River Basin, particularly in the context of climate change. Melanie Thornton, Ph.D. candidate at Washington State University, has been working with water resource professionals in the inland Northwest for the past three years. She will share her experience of engaging water resource stakeholders as they work on a regional water education and outreach campaign, and develope water management strategies. RSVP:


Natural History Pub: Satellites and Saddles, Lasers and Grazers: Monitoring Grassland Vegetation with Remote Sensing Technologies 

The University of Idaho, The Nature Conservancy and a group of private ranchers are teaming up to study the ability of remote sensing technologies to estimate and monitor vegetation across the Zumwalt Prairie in northeast Oregon. Vincent Jansen, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Idaho, will discuss how LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and satellite data are providing different views of the prairie, as well as the ability to link remote sensing data to decision support tools for ranchers and land managers. RSVP:

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