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Bringing Oregon’s High Desert to You

Register now for 2022 High Desert Speaker Series

Oregon Natural Desert Association’s 2022 High Desert Speaker Series kicks off on Tuesday, February 15 with a discussion with athlete, documentary filmmaker and environmental advocate Faith E. Briggs about what it means to be a conservationist. The event series continues on Tuesday, March 15 when Ellen Bishop, an author, photographer, naturalist and geologist specializing in terranes of the Pacific Northwest, will guide people through how to read the details in the treasured landscapes of eastern Oregon. On Tuesday, April 19 wildlife biologist and a past National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Arthur Middleton will cover the basic ecology of wildlife migrations in the western United States.

“ONDA loves bringing the sights, sounds and science of the high desert to people to help them connect with this vast, fragile, and astonishingly wild place,” said Karina Diaz, ONDA’s development coordinator, “Bring your curiosity!”

This lecture series introduces and celebrates the natural wonders of the sagebrush steppe that covers Oregon’s drier east side and invites people to get involved in protecting this exceptional natural landscape. Each of the three talks in the series, which runs from February 15 to April 19, will take place virtually, which allows anyone across Oregon and beyond to participate.

2022 High Desert Speaker Series Line Up

Faith E. Briggs. Photo: Kenny Hamlett

Reclaiming Conservation

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Ellen Bishop

Small Splendors, Vast Landscapes

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 | 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Arthur Middleton

Wildlife Migrations in the West

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm

Registration details for all events can be found at For more information, email or visit

Oregon Natural Desert Association is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2022. Since its founding in 1987, ONDA has conserved and restored hundreds of thousands of acres of stunning, wildlife-rich natural areas between Central Oregon and the Owyhee Canyonlands. Learn more at





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Oregon Natural Desert Association

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Working to protect, defend and restore Oregon's high desert since 1987

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