Trusting the Land Blog

Welcome to Trusting the Land--musings on land and place in Central Oregon. Featuring staff and volunteers from the Deschutes Land Trust.

What are those blue-bellied lizards?

Jul 16, 2018
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.

Banding American Kestrels

Jul 09, 2018
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

Jul 06, 2018
Learn more about the amazing plants that monarch butterflies need to survive, including their historic presence in Central Oregon.

Spring Wildlife Wanderings

Jul 02, 2018
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.

Your Guide to the Clouds

May 15, 2018
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.

Encouraging a Sense of Wonder in Children

May 09, 2018
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.