Water Woes: The Deschutes River

Deschutes River Keepers

Staff and volunteers work to catch and move fish to deeper water.

The health of the Columbia River is dependent on the immense watershed that supplies its water and the life within. Ranging across seven states and one Canadian province, the headwaters of the Columbia are vast.

The current drought has brought into question the health and management of various rivers throughout this region. The Deschutes River, and more specifically, the portion referred to as the Upper Deschutes–ranging from the Wickiup Reservoir down to the city center of Bend–has been in the headlines a lot this summer as the ecological health of the river falters and the visibility of how the river is managed increases. Read more

Citizen Science: of the People, by the People, for the People

Monarch PollinatorsDrew Merritt

One of nature’s magical displays–the 2,500 mile migration of the monarch butterfly from the northern U.S. and Canada to mountains of Mexico– is threatened by habitat loss and resulting in drastic decrease in population. As the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and environmental groups, such as the National Wildlife Foundation work to protect this incredible species of butterfly, they’re relying on data collection from volunteers across North America.

Monarch Joint Venture, the resulting partnership responsible for preserving the Monarch butterfly is relying on citizen scientists to “collect data during all phases of the annual life cycle of monarch breeding, migrating, and overwintering.” Read more

Gorge Happenings

12-2-15 Sense of Place: Secrets under the Ice.  A journey into the heart of Glacier Caves of the Pacific Northwest with Eddy Cartaya.  Hood River. Center of the Arts. 7 p.m. $5-10 donation requested.

12-5-15 Zero Waste Hood River 10 a.m. For more info: and at GRüNISH

12-19-15 Christmas Bird Count: Camas Prairie-Trout Lake Valley. Contact organizer for meeting time and location
Contact: Stuart Johnston, johnstonstuart(at) or 509 493-3363 (evening calls only)

12-20-15 Christmas Bird Count: Lyle, WA. Contact organizer as early as possible for meeting time and location. Contact: Bob Hansen, bobhansen(at)

12-22-15 Christmas Bird Count: Hood River. Meet at the Best Western Hood River Inn by 7 a.m. Contact:  John Price, johnpricebirds(at)

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Water Woes: The Deschutes River

By |November 12th, 2015|

*The quality of a river is dependent upon its tributaries. The drought crisis on the Deschutes River this past summer marks a stark warning. In the coming years, similar issues may be felt throughout the [...]

Citizen Science: of the People, by the People, for the People

By |October 28th, 2015|

One of nature’s magical displays--the 2,500 mile migration of the monarch butterfly from the northern U.S. and Canada to mountains of Mexico-- is threatened by habitat loss and resulting in drastic decrease in population. As [...]

The Humming in the Flowerbeds

By |October 21st, 2015|

240,000 species of known flowering plants exist on planet Earth. Of these, 180,000 (75%) must form a partnership with pollinators to complete their reproduction. Alfalfa, clover, hay. Apples, cherries, plums. Lavender, sage, almond. Celery, cucumber, [...]

Nature Space Award: Humble Roots Farm & Nursery

By |October 13th, 2015|

Emily presents the Nature Space Award to Drew and Kristin of Humble Roots   Humble Roots Farm & Nursery received Enirogorge’s Nature Space Award on October 9, 2015. Humble Roots Farm & Nursery [...]

Presenting Stewardship

By |October 7th, 2015|

Do you consider yourself a “steward?” If so, of what? When you research the word online two recurring themes dominate how we view it: environmental stewardship and religious stewardship. When broken down to a basic [...]

Organizer: Hood River Water Protection Measure

By |October 2nd, 2015|

Full-time, temporary contract organizer for Local Water Alliance. The Hood River County Water Protection Measure is a ballot initiative introduced by the Local Water Alliance and if passed will be the first community-led effort to [...]