Wildlife and Living History

Whether you're three or 93, there's something for everyone at the High Desert Museum.

See birds of prey, the porcupine exhibit, a bobcat and more. Check out our collection of desert dwellers in the Desertarium. Visit with living history characters at the 1904 Miller Family Ranch. Explore High Desert history and culture in our permanent exhibits. Enjoy watching the river otters in their newly renovated Autzen Otter Exhibit. The Museum is set on 135 beautiful wooded acres just south of Bend. It's no wonder the Museum is ranked the #1 thing to do in Bend by TripAdvisor.

Join us to celebrate the Museum's 35th anniversary on May 12 and save the date for the annual kick-up-your-heels fundraiser - the High Desert Rendezvous on August 26.

We have a lot going on at the Museum this winter including new exhibits, lectures, kids camps, special events and more. We'll have extended hours for spring break, March 25 through April 1, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, as well as special programs such as Sky Hunters and Kids Day!



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Native Foxes in Central Oregon: Part 3

By Jon Nelson, Curator of Wildlife

Beginning in March 2015 Museum staff and volunteers, in collaboration with the USFS, ODFW, The Oregon Zoo, have placed more than ten bait stations and hair snares in areas of the Deschutes National Forest that had never before been surveyed for fox.

A whole deer is too heavy to carry into the...

Native Foxes in Central Oregon: Part 2

By Jon Nelson, Curator of Wildlife

Around the same time I saw the fox on the Cascade Lakes Highway, I was working on an undergraduate research project at OSU-Cascades. We were in the early stages of fleshing out a study idea using remote cameras to document the behavior of scavenger species around carrion. The work was tedious and...