Today we profile one of the many local non-profits that work to make our community better every day. One of the things we really like about this organization is that they bring together groups with different interest to find common ground to restore and make the Deschutes a healthy vibrant river for everyone of Central Oregon. Consider helping in any way you can. MORE INFO HERE.Coalition For The Deschutes. Working to restore the Deschutes River so fish, farms, and families can thrive.
Water in the West has always been a contentious issue, with strong advocates for agriculture, development, recreation, and many other uses. There are no real winners when those forces compete, but often there is a loser:…
This is a feature of local non-profit the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council that has been protecting and restoring the Upper Deschutes watershed for 25 years. What you may not know is they have youth education programs that are helping young people become stewards of the river. Consider donating time or money to this great organization.
Learn More of what they do HERE.
Wednesday Nov 4th, 12pm Hosted by Deschutes Land Trust
The Deschutes Land Trust host events that are meaningful and you can get your hands dirty at. The Whychus Canyon Reserve has been a project over the last several years that is helping return the river and its surrounding landscape to what it once was. MORE INFO HERE.
Young trees and native plants planted in the restoration area along Whychus Creek have grown! Help us pull old fencing material and fence posts out of the restoration area at Whychus Canyon Preserve now that these plants no longer need to be protected. Join us for a Fence Pull on November 4th! Your help will continue to restore…
A new series from the Deschutes River Conservancy that looks at water and all the groups it affects in the Deschutes river basin.
Wednesday Oct 21, Nov 4, and Nov 18. MORE INFO HERE.
Have 3 minutes or less you *may* be willing to spare? If so, please join us to talk WATER! Watch at your leisure – view each one as it is released within this event “Discussion”!
These short, bite sized online conversations, each wrap up in less than 180 seconds so you can grab a quick earful on the go!
WATER TALKS aims to help demystify the world of water here in Central Oregon. We’ll tackle some tricky topics with some of our basin’s most…
July 14th, 630pm – 830pm. More INFO HERE.
Another great online learning event by OMSI. A Random Walk Along the River: Vital Connections that Rivers Share with the Land, the Sky, and Us with Sean W. Fleming, Applied R&D Technical Lead, US Dept. of Agriculture National Water and Climate Center; Courtesy Prof., College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, OSU; Adjunct Prof., Dept. of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, UBC.
Rivers are everywhere and affect everything. When all goes well, they provide us with water, power, food, transportation, recreation, and beauty. And when things go wrong, they wipe out our homes or even bring poisoned water to our taps.
But how much do we know about how rivers actually…
The next round of auction items from the UpperDeschutes Watershed Council’s Upstream project will be available starting on Monday, June 29th! This is your chance to score some incredible items including an Aquaglide inflatable paddle board, dinner for two at Elk Lake Resort, a Tenkara fly rod and reel, a Bendistillery gin cocktail basket, and a beautiful Bronwen Jewelry necklace. More INFO HERE.
All proceeds from this auction benefit our watershed education program, The Upstream Project, which seeks to educate and engage the next generation of watershed stewards. We are continuing to connect with students, parents, and teachers through our online educational videos. Show your support and help us do more by bidding on some of…
This weekend you can fish without a state fishing license in both Oregon and Washington. This is a chance to test the waters and be reminded of the fun of fishing. Central Oregon is considered some of the best fishing in the western US, with world class fly fishing and lake fishing. So maybe try something new and see what it’s all about.
We have some great local fishing shops that can help you with gear and information on where to go. See you on the water!
Here’s a link…
This Memorial Day weekend has been a nice way to get summer started and start thinking about getting on the water.
If you haven’t seen our current ‘Share & Win’ giveaway, then tune in and make sure you are entered to win this awesome Surf Tech Bark Competitor Paddleboard from Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe!
This is a chance to get on the water this summer with a paddleboard that is designed for Central Oregon waters. Use the hashtag #backyardbend on your Instagram and Twitter post and look for additional ways for more entries on our Facebook page. Good luck and we’ll see you on the water.
When: Wednesday, May 20, 5:00 – 6:30 pm (includes time for Q and A)
Hold on tight as explorer George Kourounis shares his 20+ years of tracking down and documenting the most fearsome natural forces on planet Earth. Tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes…George will share stories, images, and videos from his most extreme expeditions in more than 75 countries spanning all seven continents.
Where: Zoom, of course. Here’s the link:
Central Oregon is blessed with incredible natural places and the Cascades produce some of the finest water in the country. It is good to appreciate these places and be reminded how fortunate we are to live here. More people means more pressure on these resources, but we are lucky to have a number of great organizations like the Deschutes River Conservancy working to steward these places and resources into the future so we can continue to enjoy them. We are proud to provide a list of these organizations on the ‘Get Involved’ page. Check it out and you will find amazing people doing amazing things in #backyardbend. Get involved where you can and be part of meaningful action in our…