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Meet the Deschutes Land Trust's walk and hike leaders.

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Jim Anderson
has lived in Central Oregon since 1951. His long and illustrious history includes time fighting forest fires, preparing studies for ODFW (on bats, eagles, hawks, owls, cormorants, and osprey), working as a naturalist for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, and director of the Children’s Zoo and Conservation and Education (now the Oregon Zoo). The author of “Tales from a Northwest Naturalist” and a nature columnist for the Sisters Nugget Newspaper and The Source of Bend, Jim leads walks for the Land Trust on a variety of subjects.


Sue Anderson

Sue Anderson
 has been involved with just about every natural history happening in Central Oregon for many years. She specializes in butterflies and has been conducting the Ochoco and Metolius annual counts for 21 years. She also has done butterfly inventories for several regional National Monuments. She is happiest when in the field introducing adults and children to nature’s art on the wing and using her macro camera lens. Sue leads butterfly walks for the Land Trust.

Rod Bonacker

Rod Bonacker
is the special projects coordinator for Deschutes and Ochoco National Forest. He began his Forest Service career in 1974 as a firefighter, and continues to work in fire suppression as Operations Section Chief for the Central Oregon Incident Management Team. When he is not volunteering for the Land Trust or fighting fire, Rod fishes, skis, rides his bike, and manages his rare book business, Black Butte Books.

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Rebecca Brown-Thomspon
is a talented botanical illustrator and artist. With a bachelor of science in Horticulture and a minor in Art from Purdue University, Rebecca combines her love of art and science in her work. She is a founding member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and she travels the world drawing plants in their native habitats. Living in both the United States and New Zealand, Rebecca explores the natural world, examining its textures, colors, and patterns and recreating it on paper. Her other passions include swimming, golf, hiking, and camping.

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Mary Crow
has been hiking and skiing the Cascades throughout her life. After working for Intel for 16 years, then retiring as a school librarian, she wanted these magnificent mountains to continue to be a central part of her life. She moved to Sisters in 2002 in order to pursue her passions: skiing, hiking, birding, kayaking, and gardening. Taking care of this land, and helping people understand why we must all become good stewards our environment is now Mary's primary focus. With this focus in mind, she has become a Certified Master Naturalist, and hopes to put her training to use on her hikes. The Land Trust's mission of preserving and caring for the land has become a perfect fit for her. Mary leads wildflower and nature hikes for the Land Trust.

Eva Eagle

Eva Eagle
has lived in Central Oregon since 2002, giving up life in the city to enjoy stewarding 40 acres near Sisters. After retiring from a career in planning and analysis for the health care
industry, Eva now applies her research skills as a volunteer for the Land Trust bird survey program which she has managed at Camp Polk Meadow since 2006. Eva also enjoys leading tours for the Land Trust and sharing what she's learned as an Oregon Master Naturalist.

Katie Eberhart

Katie Eberhart is a poet and essayist who retired from working as an economist and researcher to focus on exploring wild, and not-so-wild, places. Katie’s essays have appeared in several issues of Cirque Journal and her poems have been published in Cirque Journal, Sand - Berlin’s English Literary Journal, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Crab Creek Review, and other places. Her chapbook Unbound: Alaska Poems was published in 2013 by Uttered Chaos Press. Katie has conducted nature and journal writing workshops in Alaska, Oregon, and on a hill above a fjord in Greenland. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and degrees in geography and economics. After thirty-two years living in Alaska, Katie now lives in Bend where she writes, hikes, swims, gardens, plays accordion, and blogs about nature.

Jim Hammond
Jim Hammond
 moved to central Oregon in 2004 and has since been involved with the Land Trust as a volunteer and supporter. Participating in star parties at the Sisters High School, Jim has joined other amateur astronomers in providing opportunities for the community to learn about the night sky and the wonders of our galaxy and solar system. Jim is a retired physicist and has been interested in astronomy since he watched, at a very young age, his father build a telescope. Jim leads the Land Trust's star parties which currently take place at Rimrock Ranch--a private ranch with dark skies and open views in all directions.

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Norma Holmes moved to Sisters in 1991. She is an award-winning landscape artist committed to painting the diversity and beauty of Oregon. Taking her inspiration from nature, Norma paints outdoors with soft pastels in layers of expressive color, capturing nature's vibrant energy. She has taught workshops on Plein Air painting for several years, including a three day workshop in the Steens Mountains in Malheur County. Her art has been exhibited all throughout the United States including shows at the Mockingbird Gallery in Bend.

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Pat Kearney
is a retired University administrator. She grew up as a city kid but came to love the outdoors and nature. At every opportunity she travels to places that provide beauty, new and interesting ecology, and adventure. Land Trust Preserves are at the top of her list for local activities. A certified Oregon Master Naturalist, Pat can be found helping with a variety of Land Trust hikes.



Derek Loeb

Derek Loeb
is a retired geophysicist with 26 years of experience in petroleum exploration and production. After moving to Bend in 2011, he is now enjoying learning more about the geology of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the local geology, he is also fascinated by the history, archeology, flora and fauna of Central Oregon and how they are all related. Volunteering with the Land Trust gives Derek an opportunity to enjoy, share, and help preserve the many natural wonders that make Central Oregon such a great place to live or visit.

Martha Lussenhop

Martha Lussenhop
moved to Sisters in 2005 after dreaming of living in the mountains of the West for decades. Martha has a diverse background that includes a master's in zoology, teaching middle school, taking school groups on tours of prairies and woodlands, and leading workshops for children and adults at  the Field Museum in Chicago. Martha's home overlooks Indian Ford Meadow Preserve and she is becoming well acquainted with the birds along Indian Ford Creek.  Martha leads a variety of walks and hikes for the Land Trust.


Kelly Madden

Kelly Madden
has lived in Central Oregon since 1999. A retired english and french teacher, she now uses her skills to read and understand the landscape. As a Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commissioner and a Certified Oregon Master Naturalist, she combines interests in the intersection of cultural and natural history. She is particularly fond of wagon roads and tree blazes and the history that walks hand in hand with nature. Her peace and comfort are found in nature and she enjoys all outdoor activities, especially hiking with the Land Trust and passing on her love of the natural world


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Jay Mather
is a Pultizer Prize photographer who has used his eyes, heart and camera for over forty years to tell stories about people and the places they live throughout the world.  His interest in photojournalism began during his tenure with the Peace Corps in Malaysia in 1969 and continued with in career with newspapers in Colorado, Kentucky and California. He came to Oregon in 2005 where he finds inspiration in the diverse landscapes of his adopted state. Jay enjoys the opportunity to teach the “why” of photography as much as the “how.”

Daniele McKay

Daniele McKay
is a geologist who studies recent volcanic activity in Central Oregon and teaches at OSU-Cascades. She has lived in Bend for over 20 years, during which she worked for several conservation groups and as an interpretative ranger. She grew up hiking and skiing in the Cascades, which inspired a life-long passion for exploring wild areas. This prompted her to travel the world extensively and ultimately to examine natural processes in detail by studying geology. In addition to contributing to the scientific understanding of volcanoes in Central Oregon, Daniele also enjoys sharing her interest in science with people of all ages. She has taught classes and led field trips for children and adults, including geology hikes for the Land Trust.


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Jane Meissner
was raised in Central Oregon and spent much of her childhood outside with her mother learning about wildflowers. She is a certified Oregon Master Naturalist who taught hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing for COCC for 20 years. In her free time, Jane likes to watch wildflowers while hiking and backpacking and in the winter she loves to backcountry ski. Jane can be found leading a variety of hikes for the Land Trust with a special fondness for the world of wildflowers.

David Miller
David Miller is a retired electrician whose hobbies include classic guitar, writing fiction, and the study of native plants. He was a docent for six years at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden and more recently at the Audubon Canyon Ranch in California. Since moving to Sisters he has been fascinated by the flora on both sides of the Cascades. He likes to enliven his wild plant tours with stories, history, Indian uses, principles of botany, and even some evolutionary theory. He is currently working on a novel called The First Bird.

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Bill Mitchell started hiking and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail while in college in Virginia and Tennessee. After moving to California he took up botany, birding and everything wild while working as a field researcher for the state of California and the National Park Service. He moved to Bend in 2003 and started volunteering with the Deschutes Land Trust soon after we purchased the land for the Metolius Preserve. Bill is our resident digital photo librarian, as well as all-around volunteer, surveying everything from birds to weeds, helping on restoration projects and even stuffing envelopes in the office. In his spare time he hikes, backpacks, snowshoes and kayaks to learn more about the flora and fauna of Oregon. Bill is a certified Oregon Master Naturalist.

Carol Moorehead

Carol Moorehead
has felt a sense of place in central Oregon since moving here in 1976. Her love of the natural world began with a college Alpine Biology class set in the Washington Cascades. Although her career in education, spanning over 30 years, kept her inside classrooms, offices or meeting rooms, she always sought solace in nature. Exploring the Cascades and surrounding areas through self-study until 2013 when she participated in the Volunteer Master Naturalist program, broadening and deepening her appreciation of our natural world. When not hiking among wild flowers, you will often find her on her bicycle where she recently completed a 3200-mile cycling adventure spanning the southern United States.

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Leslie Olson has lived in Bend for more than 30 years, spending the last seven as a leader for Bend Parks and Recreation. All of that face time with flowers and birds has stimulated her ongoing enjoyment of all things natural.



Maret Pajutee

Maret Pajutee
has been an ecologist for the Forest Service for the past 20 years, and is an expert on the rare Peck’s penstemon, a wildflower found only in Sisters and nowhere else in the world.

Jan Rising

Jan Rising
moved to Central Oregon in 2006 for clean rivers and wonderful hiking opportunities. While exploring the nearby Cascades and high desert, Jan's casual love of birding became a more avid passion. She is now actively involved with the East Cascades Audubon Society and has been assisting with Land Trust Bird Walks at Camp Polk and Indian Ford meadows since 2012. She loves to introduce people to the world of birding.

Tom Rodhouse

Tom Rodhouse is an ecologist for the National Park Service. He works on monitoring and related research projects for a diverse range of plants and animals including the American pika, bats, and the endemic Lemhi penstemon in western Montana. He lives in Bend with his wife and 2 daughters, enjoying cross country skiing and birdwatching, among other hobbies.
 

Katie Sheldon

Katie Sheldon was born and raised in Bend, OR and feels privileged to call Central Oregon home. Katie began her career as a quality engineer in the wine industry in 2004, but always craved working outside close to nature. She quit her engineering job to begin guiding international cycling tours and has had the amazing opportunity to live and work all over the world for 10 years. She moved back to Central Oregon to earn her Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering with a focus on water quality and river restoration from Oregon State University. In her free time Katie likes to bike, hike, snowboard and enjoy the best of Central Oregon.

Kirin Stryker

Kirin Stryker
was lured to Bend 16 years ago with tales of unparalleled recreation and has not been disappointed. After working in the local schools as a science teacher for 13 years, Kirin currently works with Oregon Natural Resources Education Program teaching educators to use the environment as an integrating context for learning. As a not-so-silent partner with CogWild Mountain Bike Tours, Kirin loves to take kids and adults on bike rides throughout Oregon. Find her skiing Mt. Bachelor or the local side-country, riding her bike in the woods, or hanging at Bend's parks with her imaginative 5 year old daughter.


Carol Wall
Carol Wall's background is as an academic and an anthropologist who taught cultural anthropology and linguistics for many years at the University of California, Davis where she was a professor as well as a dean and vice chancellor. Today she enjoys retirement thoroughly, traveling widely, spending time in the outdoors, and continuing a 40 year hobby of bird watching. She has taken as her dedicated avocation to know and understand the natural world in this place she has come to call home. She has done this through reading and learning from others involved with the Land Trust. More recently the Oregon Master Naturalist program has broadened her understanding and her horizons. Carol is a certified Oregon Master Naturalist.


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Bob Woodward
has lived in Bend for 35 years and is one of the founders of the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA). A central fixture of Bend's mountain biking community, Woodward was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2012. A retired outdoor sports journalist, he served on Bend's City Council for six years, was the town's Mayor from 1997 to 1999, and served on the Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District's board of directors for four years.

 
Mary Yanalcanlin


Mary Yanalcanlin
is a Montessori teacher with nearly 30 years of experience. An active member of the East Cascades Audubon Society, Mary volunteers to lead Audubon’s education programs for kids and their parents. In her spare time Mary enjoys birding, exploring nature and taking photos. Mary has lived in Bend for five years and thoroughly enjoys our rivers and streams after 20 years in the arid southwest. Mary is currently working to complete her Oregon Master Naturalist certification.

Jen Zalewski

Jen Zalewski
has been in Central Oregon since 2010. She moved here from northern coastal California, eager to get back to the sunshine and mountains. Jen received a BS in conservation biology and an MS in wildlife biology from Humboldt State University; her Master’s thesis focused on river otter ecology. Locally, Jen has worked for The Nature Conservancy and The High Desert Museum. Jen leads Land Trust mountain bike and birding tours and is eager to improve her wildflower identification skills. She enjoys making connections with others who enjoy the natural world and she finds inspiration in the local volunteer community. In her spare time Jen enjoys skiing, canoeing, surf trips to the coast, fussing over her landscaping, and trying to get things to grow in her garden.

 

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