The Remarkable Clouds over Oregon's High Desert

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Tuesday Feb 11th at the Tower Theater

The first installment of the High Desert Speaker Series in Bend is on Tuesday, February 11. Come to the Tower Theatre to hear from author Maria Mudd Ruth as she takes you on a tour of clouds in Oregon’s high desert and the wide-open, wild landscapes that make for spectacular cloud viewing. Learn what makes the clouds so dynamic, so varied, and so universally appealing. What are clouds made of? Is there an easy way to learn their confusing Latin names? How can you enjoy the clouds in a new light on your next high desert adventure? Jeremy Austin, ONDA’s Policy Manager, will illuminate why Oregon’s high desert provides unparalleled opportunities to view clouds, and how these clouds are part of a water system that supports life from the banks of desert rivers to the sagebrush steppe. More INFO HERE. 

TICKETING AND EVENT NOTES: Doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase for all three Bend events via the Tower Theatre website (see ticketing link).

Maria Mudd Ruth is the author of more than a dozen natural history books including “Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet.” Her latest book, “A Sideways Look at Clouds” (Mountaineers Books, September 2017) is a work of narrative nonfiction that blends science, wonder and humor to take lay readers on the scenic route through the clouds. She is currently working on two books, one on a community-science project in Puget Sound and another on lake swimming and the natural history of lakes in Washington.

A native Oregonian, Jeremy Austin has conducted aspen inventories at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, surveyed for invasive plant species and led sage-grouse lek monitoring trips. In his current role as Policy Manager, Jeremy leads ONDA’s work on public lands management with a focus on the Greater Hart-Sheldon Region.

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