Year begins with nature knowledge

The Bend Bulletin reports on the January 2017 offering of Nature Nights.
The Bend Bulletin

Bend area residents will start the new year with several events that explore the region’s wildlife and nature. The nonprofit Coalition for the Deschutes plans two events this month. A talk Monday will feature Bridget Moran, field supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Bend office, who will break down the latest legal developments surrounding the Oregon spotted frog and Deschutes River water flow levels. The
free talk starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Deschutes County Library downtown, with an RSVP requested.

A Jan. 24 talk in Bend will feature Jason Gritzner, a hydrologist with the Deschutes National Forest, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Jennifer O’Reilly, who will discuss the river and wetlands ecosystems, endangered species and other related issues. That event starts at 6:30 p.m. at McMenamins’ Old St. Francis School downtown, with seating open at 6 p.m. The event requires registration and requests a $10 donation that includes hors d’oeuvres and a drink voucher. For more information, visit
The Deschutes Land Trust will host a free event Jan. 31 at the Tower Theatre, featuring John Schubert, a longtime Deschutes National Forest trails specialist. The 7 p.m. talk will highlight the history, design, construction and maintenance of trails, along with tips on how people can reduce their impacts while using them. A ticket is required to attend, available at