Natural History Pubs

Natural History Pub Series

Bring your curiosity and appetite for food and drink to our Natural History Pub programs held at McMenamins Old St. Francis School in downtown Bend. Enjoy hearing about topics such as animal behavior, range restoration or geologic activity from the scientists involved in these projects. The series runs from September to May. Seating is limited and an RSVP is required. Registration for each Natural History Pub opens one month prior to the event.

Tuesday, November 14

Sagebrush Steppe Restoration: Challenges and Opportunities

Sagebrush steppe ecosystems are among the largest and most threatened ecosystems in North America. Science-based rangeland restoration and conservation have gained greater national interest and support following a near listing of the greater sage-grouse to Endangered Species status. Join Dr. Kirk Davies, lead rangeland scientist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, in a discussion of native sagebrush restoration and some of its associated challenges. RSVP here.

Tuesday, December 12

Recreation and Wildlife Impacts: A Balancing Act At the High Desert Museum

The Deschutes National Forest is experiencing an increasing number of visitors who utilize its many beautiful trails. Join Brock McCormick, wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service, and Lauri Turner, forest wildlife program manager for the U.S. Forest Service, for a discussion about outdoor recreation and the impact on wildlife species. Topics will include habitat connectivity and fragmentation, concepts of disturbance ecology, mitigation ideas and new perspectives on sustainable land management. Please note the venue change for this month’s Natural History Pub. Museum café will be open for dinner and drinks. Doors open at 6:00 pm. RSVP

Tuesday, January 9

Sage Grouse: Collaboration and Conservation

The proposed Endangered Species Act listing of the greater sage-grouse in 2015 motivated collaborative conservation efforts of an unprecedented scale. Join Dr. Lee Foster, sage-grouse conservation coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, for a presentation of what has followed the decision not to list the species, and what the future might hold for these unique birds and their habitat.

Tuesday, February 13

Safe Passage: Roads and Wildlife

Roads and other human structures create major barriers for native wildlife including migrating deer and elk. Cidney Bowman, wildlife passage program lead for the Oregon Department of Transportation, will lend insight into the impacts of roads on wildlife and what measures can be taken to improve habit connectivity and reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions for the benefit of animals and people alike.

7:00 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm

Food and beverage sales in Father Luke’s Room help support this popular lecture series. Seating is limited and RSVP is required.

Free, but RSVP required as seating is limited

At McMenamins Old St. Francis School

700 NW Bond St., Bend

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