The Conservation, Science and Education Committee presents programs based on the activities of the other committees of the Club and on any other conservations, scientific or educational material relevant to the interests of the Club.

SCIENCE AND EDUCATION

 

You are cordially invited to attend our ExploraTalk programs. You do not have to be a member of the Obsidians to attend. You need only to bring your interest in the topic and your willingness to enjoy meeting and socializing with people in a lodge nestled among the trees.

ExploraTalk programs are normally held the third Tuesday of each month. They begin at 7:00 p.m. at our lodge.  Directions to lodge.

Questions about ExploraTalk programs?
Contact Jorry Rolfe - 541-206-9501 scied@obsidians.org

 

ExploraTalk Programs

Tuesday, February 12, 2019—Wilderness Strategies Project Update

Matt Peterson, Recreation Program Manager with the Forest Service will join us to address the new strategies to reduce impact and preserve the character of the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters wilderness areas. Join us and bring your questions as Matt explains the impact of the strategies and what they will mean in planning future activities in these areas.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019—Restoring Riparian Areas

Restoring Riparian Areas in the Upper Willamette: Beavers and the Humans Who Act Like Them Join Elizabeth Goward and Daniel Dietz of the McKenzie River Trust as we explore the history of the Willamette floodplain and share how two keystone species, beavers and humans are helping to reshape floodplain restoration. We will examine riparian projects taking place in the upper Willamette that restore riparian floodplain processes and how working with, and acting like, beavers can help us to become better stewards of the land.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019—Wilderness Strategies Project Update

Matt Peterson, Recreation Program Manager with the U. S. Forest Service, will address the new changes and restrictions coming in 2020 to reduce impact and preserve the character of the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington and Three Sisters wilderness areas. Join us and bring your questions as Matt explains the details and impact of the new permit system and what they will mean in planning future activities in these areas.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019—Buford Park Habitat Plan

Habitat Management at Lane County’s Buford Park from planning to implementation: 2008-2035 Jason Blazer, Stewardship Director at Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, will update us on the newly adopted plan to conserve the park’s wildlife and botanical resources. The plan envisions trail improvements as well as restored rare prairie, oak savanna and oak woodland habitats. Jason has been involved with stewardship of this large, strategically located regional park close to 20 years.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019—David Thompson, Explorer/Surveyor

Gordon Sayre, UO English Professor and Obsidian member, has a special interest in the exploration and cartography of North America. His explorer talk will feature David Thompson, a late18th/early 19th century man who, like David Douglas, recorded his findings. While Douglas was a botanist, Thompson surveyed, traveled and published maps of the Northwest. He navigated the entire length of the Columbia River in 1811. By the time of his death in 1857, David Thompson had covered nearly 80,000 miles on foot, on horseback and by canoe.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019—Mapping Yellowstone Wilderness

UO geographer, Jim Meacham, has spent the last two decades capturing data from the greater Yellowstone area. With that data he has created a series of maps and data-rich graphics. Jim has collaborated with wildlife biologists, geologists, historians and many other experts and researchers to publish a pair of atlases about the region. He will discuss his work and share a selection of maps and stories from these projects.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019—Ecology of Surprise

Michael Nelson, OSU Professor of Environmental Philosophy and Ethics and Lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, will delight us with the “surprises that come to light during forest research.” Michael will also provide us with an overview of the OSU sponsored Andrews Experiment Forest, one of 25 major ecosystem research sites funded through NSF's Long-Term Ecological Research Program.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019—Hiking Oregon Ancient Forests

Oregon Wild's Chandra LeGue will talk about her new guidebook that covers Oregon’s rapturous old-growth forests. She will discuss where the forests are and who manages them, the threats they face, and an action plan for protecting what remains and restoring damaged forests so they may become the ancient forests of the future. She will further address forest ecology, flora, and fauna and also details 91 of her favorite hikes across the state.

 

See you at the Lodge on the third Tuesday (usually) evening  each month (usually).