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, September, 11

Tracking the Sierra Nevada Red Fox

Scientists recently discovered the Sierra Nevada red fox, a subspecies once thought to be restricted to high-elevation areas, living at lower elevations than expected. Hear from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Technician Jamie Bowles about ongoing research into this small yet remarkable animal—and how the High Desert Museum has contributed to this work.

Tuesday, October 9

Cascadia: The Next Big Earthquake and Tsunami

A major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone will have far-reaching impacts throughout the Pacific Northwest, including here in Central Oregon. Are we prepared for an event like this? In this presentation, Daniele McKay, adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon, will explore the geologic history of earthquakes in Oregon and how a large Cascadia earthquake could affect Central Oregon.

Tuesday, November 13

Of Birds and Bugs: Sage Grouse and West Nile Virus

The greater sage grouse faces many pressures in the High Desert. West Nile virus, first detected in Oregon in 2005, is one lesser-known threat to this iconic bird of the sagebrush steppe ecosystem. Emily Weidner, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, will discuss her research into this disease.

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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