2018 Blog Posts

Encouraging a Sense of Wonder in Children Encouraging a Sense of Wonder in Children

Spring is here and with it comes a renewed urge to get outside and play. Sadly not everyone has the opportunity to get outside and explore on a regular basis and more often than not it is our children who are missing out. Here's how we can help children get outside and explore the wonder of nature.

Your Guide to the Clouds Your Guide to the Clouds

Do you ever gaze at the sky and wonder what kinds of clouds you see? Check out our guide to clouds and see if you can recognize some of these the next time you've got an eye to the sky.

Voluntourism and You! Voluntourism and You!

Want to help out in the places you spend your vacation in? Look no further than voluntourism!

Summer Wildflowers Guide Summer Wildflowers Guide

Summer has officially arrived! Explore your Land Trust Preserves and see if you can find all of these summer wildflowers!

Spring Wildlife Wanderings Spring Wildlife Wanderings

We love spring because baby animals are out exploring our Preserves for the first time! Check out the slideshow for some of the wildlife we have seen this spring.

Banding American Kestrels Banding American Kestrels

American Kestrels are in decline throughout the United States, which is just one reason the Deschutes Land Trust is working with the American Kestrel Partnership to learn more about these fascinating birds.

The Magic of Milkweed The Magic of Milkweed

Learn more about the amazing plants that monarch butterflies need to survive, including their historic presence in Central Oregon.

What are Those Blue-Bellied Lizards? What are Those Blue-Bellied Lizards?

Along the trails at Deschutes Land Trust Preserves, it is likely that the most commonly seen reptile is the Western Fence Lizard. Learn more about these blue-bellied creatures below.

Let's Celebrate Moths! Let's Celebrate Moths!

It’s National Moth Week! Although moths are often overlooked for their more popular cousin the butterfly, moths are actually quite amazing creatures.

The Striking Truth About Lightning The Striking Truth About Lightning

Whether you love to watch a good storm roll in or are terrified by the sight of a flash, this guide will help you use good judgment when lightning strikes in the backcountry.

The Endangered Species Act The Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 was passed by Congress, who stated that endangered and threatened species of wildlife and plants "are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people."

Late Summer Rabbitbrush Late Summer Rabbitbrush

As summer wildflowers fade away, an abundance of yellow begins to appear in the Central Oregon desert. It's time for rabbitbrush to shine.

Volunteer Spotlight: Trail Stewards! Volunteer Spotlight: Trail Stewards!

Each month, we're highlighting Land Trust volunteers. Rain or shine, indoors or out, we truly could not conserve and care for our lands without our outstanding volunteers! This month: our Trail Stewards!

Fall migratory Birds in Central Oregon Fall migratory Birds in Central Oregon

Oregon is a wonderful place to watch fall bird migration in action because the state is on the migration path for many birds as they head north to south. Here are five migratory birds to look for this fall in Central Oregon.

Summer Wildlife Wanderings Summer Wildlife Wanderings

You're not the only one that enjoys our Preserves! Find out what creatures have been spotted wandering around recently.