Survival Strategies for Desert Species Hosted By ONDA (Oregon Natural Desert Association)

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Tuesday April 9th at Worthy Brewing Bend. Hosted by ONDA and Worthy Brewing.

The 2019 Bend High Desert Speaker Series wraps up with a panel of experts discussing how high desert flora and fauna have adapted to survive in the wetlands of eastern Oregon. Hear from Ron Larson, Dennis Albert and Steve Sheehy as they discuss the unique life of high desert wetlands, and the importance of conserving Oregon’s spectacular wild places so that these species can thrive, now and always.

REGISTRATION: This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and pre-registration via Eventbrite is required. See link above in order to register.

Ron Larson grew up on the Oregon coast, which inspired a lifelong passion for water. Ron completed a PhD in marine sciences and worked throughout the United States before moving to Oregon to study water development and endangered species in high desert lakes and wetlands. He has taken particular interest in studying and bringing attention to the ecology of the small ephemeral lakes that can be found in eastern Oregon.

Dennis Albert has dedicated much of his career to classifying and inventorying plant species as a means of advocating for the conservation of critical aquatic habitats. He has conducted research in multiple areas of the country, spearheaded efforts to better understand the flora of high desert wetlands and designed initiatives to support native plant species’ survival. Dennis currently shares his research and knowledge as a professor at Oregon State University.

Steve Sheehy has made headlines for his research on lichen east of the Cascades. Before Steve began studying high desert lichen species, the majority of lichenology research being conducted in Oregon was happening closer to the coast. Now, after many years of dedicated exploration and cataloging of species, he has greatly expanded our knowledge about these complex organisms, and how they survive in the high desert.

The event will take place at Worthy Brewing’s Hop Mahal room at 495 NE Bellevue Drive in Bend. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information about other speakers in this series, visit

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