Natural History Pubs

Natural History Pub Series

Bring your curiosity and appetite for food and drink to our Natural History Pub programs held at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in downtown Bend. Enjoy hearing about topics such as animal behavior, range restoration or geologic activity from the scientists involved in these projects. The series runs from September to May. This is a FREE event, but seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Registration for each Natural History Pub opens the morning following the previous month’s event.

Tuesday, March 12
Registration will begin February 13.

Eagles and Us
Join Joe and Cordi Atkinson for a discussion of falconry, raptor rehabilitation and the challenges eagles face. For over 20 years, these master falconers have used falconry training to help rehabilitators prepare young golden eagles for life in the wild. They also care for three nonreleasable golden eagles that have been featured in programs aired on PBS, the BBC, National Geographic and others. In 2015, they trained the world’s rarest eagle, the Philippine eagle, as part of a documentary highlighting its critically endangered status.

Tuesday, April 9
Registration will begin March 13.

Water Management by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
Director of Natural Resources for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Eric Quaempts will discuss a unique water management approach informed the concept of reciprocity and by water being a First Food, a culturally significant food that is honored and offered first in ceremonial feasts.

Tuesday, May 14
Registration will begin April 10.

Forest Ecology and Management in Central Oregon
Just like ample sunshine and panoramic views of the Cascades, fire is a natural part of our Central Oregon ecosystems. Nicole Strong, assistant professor of forestry and natural resources with Oregon State University Extension Service, will describe the different ways our Central Oregon forest ecosystems have adapted to and depend on fire. Nicole will discuss how forest and wildfire management during the past 100 years has impacted the health and resilience of forests today — and look at some examples of community-based, collaborative forest restoration taking place across our region.

For all Natural History Pub events, doors open at 5:30 pm and the program begins at 7:00 pm.
Food and beverage sales in Father Luke’s Room help support this popular lecture series.

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

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