• Celebrate Earth Day this Thursday with RiverFest!

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    The Deschutes River Conservancy is celebrating Earth Day with RiverFest on Thursday April 22. MORE INFO HERE.

    Win a Stand Up Paddleboard for $100. Be the last person at RiverFest to donate $100 during the $100 paddle raise level. The last contributor takes the SUP and will be notified right after the event.

    Witness a sacred tribal prayer song performed by Warm Springs tribal member, Austin Green.

    Ellen Waterston will be reading a brand-new poem, written specifically for RiverFest.

    Meet our staff and board in a fun, fast-paced collage of the passion that drives us to do the work we do.

    Grow your understanding of other perspectives about water use in the basin through a project produced by DRC staffer, Marisa Hossick.

  • Restoring the Land, Renewing Ourselves - A Fundraiser for Breitenbush Copy

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    From the ashes new growth emerges and we must remind ourselves that nature will recover from last year’s wildfires. The positive takeaway here, is that a beloved place in Oregon is rebuilding and we can help the effort. This event will give you the opportunity to learn and help restore one of Oregon’s most sacred treasures.

    Friday, May 7, 2021 7:00 PM – Sunday, May 9, 2021 1:00 PM 

    Join a collection of Breitenbush presenters for a weekend retreat online, and support Breitenbush Hot Springs as we rebuild after wildfire damage. MORE INFO HERE.

    A collection of our presenters host a weekend retreat on-line to support Breitenbush Hot Springs and Conference Center. This fundraiser with feature Robert…

  • Prescribed Burn to Occur Thursday in West Bend, Phil's Trail Area

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    The Deschutes National Forest is conducting a natural burn in the Phil’s Trail area Thursday and Friday April 15 & 16th. This project will impact trails west of Bend with closures.

    Burn will be very visible to residents of Bend and temporarily close some bike trails.

    Official information from the Deschutes National Forest office is below. You can connect to the official release HERE. 

    Bend, Ore— This Thursday, fuel specialists with the Deschutes National Forest will conduct prescribed fire operations adjacent to Bend and within the Phil’s Trail area. The prescribed burn will be visible to residents of Bend and travelers along Century Drive.

    The project area is located south of Phil’s Trailhead, west of Bend, and includes portions…

  • Pollinator Pathway Launches in Bend to Help Central Oregonians “Bee” the Change

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    Bend Pollinator Pathway is connecting habitats throughout Central Oregon to support pollinators such as hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees to travel easily and help restore our natural ecosystems.

    This new initiative aims to create a continuous corridor of native pollinator gardens between residences, businesses, parks, and open spaces throughout Bend – and beyond. Bend Pollinator Pathway launches just as the Central Oregon weather warms and spring offers colorful planting possibilities in the garden.

    Habitat loss is one of the main threats facing pollinators, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Worldwide more than 40% of insect species are threatened by extinction, even in our own backyards.

    “The good news is that there…

  • Wilderness Permits FAQ

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    After a delay of one year, the US Forest Service will implement wilderness permits for some trail heads in the Deschutes and Willamette National Forest systems starting this summer.

    Learn about what this means for your day hike or overnight adventure into these specified areas at this event. The reservation system opens on April 6th and permits are required starting May 28th, 2021.

    Tuesday March 30th 6pm – 7pm, Free Online Event. MORE INFO HERE. 

    The Deschutes and Willamette National Forests are implementing a permit system to better manage high-use trails and preserve wilderness areas for future generations.

    Join us to learn more about the story behind the permit system, how it will be managed and how you can get…

  • High Desert Speaker Series: The Geological Journey of Desert Rivers

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    The Oregon Natural Desert Association Host the High Desert Speaker Series. This is a FREE online event.

    Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 5:30pm. MORE INFO HERE.

    The second event in ONDA’s 2021 High Desert Speaker Series, featuring geomorphologist Elizabeth Safran, explores the course of Oregon’s wild rivers as they journey through the lively geology of the high desert. Hear how the geological history of eastern Oregon – from landslides to lava flows – has interacted with and influenced beloved desert waterways like the Owyhee river.

    PLEASE NOTE: Registration is free and required, and must be completed through ONDA’s website linked above (not Facebook!). Registrants will be entered into a prize package giveaway. Only one person per household should register.…

  • Desert Bighorn Sheep - FREE Online Event

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    Monday March 22 at 6pm hosted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

    Describing characteristics of the Big Horn Sheep, what they eat, breeding season, habitat, and the ranges they live in. People from all over the world, travel to Nevada to see the majesty of the Desert Big Horn Sheep.  Join this event to experience these animals virtually!

    Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_kuAoSTuzSB24t_NAn7jXBQ

  • BYB Live On Location at The High Desert Stampede March 25th

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    We will be Live On Location from the High Desert Stampede on Thursday March 25th at 7pm. This live stream will be broadcast on the BYB website and Mobile app. RL and Sabrina from 102.9 KSJJ will be on location at the Deschutes Fair & Expo Center for the first night of performances and we’ll get up close with some local rodeo competitors, some bareback and other events.

    Tune in for an exciting look at rodeo happening right here in our backyard. This event is made possible by the High Desert Stampede, Northwest Community Credit Union, T-Mobile, KSJJ, and the Cowboy Channel.

  • Isle Royale National Park Is as Wild as it Gets

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    Are you starting to plan for summer travel? We are guessing it will be busy in many places as pent up demand to explore is unleashed. Outside is featuring all 62 national parks and this is the one you may want to visit if you don’t want to see very many other people. It is the least visited national park in the lower 48.

    From Outside by Emily Pennington

    Size: 571,790 acres

    Location: Northwestern Michigan

    Created In: 1940 (national park)

    Best For: Backpacking, hiking, boating, fishing, stargazing

    When to Go: Isle Royale is one of the few parks that is fully closed in the winter (November 1 to April 15). Ferries typically start running in early May. While summer (46…

  • Consider This on the Klamath Basin - Online Event

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    Monday March 15th, 5 PM Free Online Event. SEE THE EVENT HERE. 

    A conversation on the history and future of settlement and water use in the Klamath Basin with panelists Russell Attebery (Chairman, Karuk Tribe), Mark Bransom (CEO, Klamath River Renewal Corporation), Don Gentry (Chairman, Klamath Tribes), Becky Hyde (Klamath Basin rancher), and Joe James (Chairman, Yurok Tribe). This event is co-presented with Lewis & Clark College’s Environmental Studies Program and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation.

    Presented by Oregon Humanities.

    Oregon Humanities connects people and communities through conversation, storytelling, and participatory programs to inspire understanding and collaborative change.

    Oregon Humanities is committed to bringing people together across differences of background, experience, and belief. Each year, we…