Deschutes Land Trust announces Nature Nights

Presentation series brings experts to you to explore the natural world.

January 5, 2022

Sarah Mowry
Outreach Director
Deschutes Land Trust
(541) 330-0017

Deschutes Land Trust announces Nature Nights
Presentation series brings experts to you to explore the natural world.

Bend, OR—The Deschutes Land Trust announced today its winter Nature Nights series. From the future of snowpack to climate anxiety and American pikas, the Land Trust is offering free, virtual, monthly presentations on nature-related topics given by experts in their field. Presentations include:

January 26: A Low-to-No Snow Future
7-8:30pm, Virtual

Mountain snowpacks have historically acted as large, natural reservoirs of water, as well as providing awesome recreational opportunities. In recent decades, however, snowpack has declined—another sign of a changing climate. If our climate continues to warm, snow loss will be exacerbated across the Western US, termed a “low-to-no snow future.” Join the Deschutes Land Trust, Dr. Alan Rhoades, and Dr. Erica Siirila-Woodburn to learn about the possibility of a low-to-no snow future in the Cascades. Dr. Rhoades and Dr. Siirila-Woodburn will offer proactive solutions to both mitigate the extent of and adapt to the changing conditions of a low-to-no snow future. Learn how you can help make a difference in our (hopefully!) snowy future. This presentation is free, but you must get your ticket online.

March 2: Is Climate Anxiety Bad for the Planet?
7-8:30pm, Virtual

"The chronic fear of environmental doom" is how the American Psychological Association defines eco-anxiety, and it is on the rise around the world, as communities increasingly experience the effects of climate change. Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray as we take a look at climate anxiety. Drawing on her recent book, Dr. Ray will explore climate anxiety, who feels it, and how it affects our ability to address climate change. She’ll share details on how climate anxiety is leaving many immobilized and/or apathetic, and offer some emotional skills to help us all navigate this era of climate crisis. Learn how you can manage your climate anxiety and become a stronger advocate for climate action. This presentation is free and ticket sales open one month prior to the event.

March 30: American Pikas and Climate Change
7-8:30pm, Virtual

You might know the America pika as a fuzzy little creature that chirps and runs away with grass in its mouth while you’re hiking in the mountains, but they are oh so much more than that! Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Dr. Matt Shinderman, director of the Human and Ecosystem Resilience and Sustainability Lab at OSU-Cascades, for a talk on these intriguing creatures and how they are adapting to major challenges like climate change. Dr. Shinderman will share the results of a five-year study of American pikas in the Pacific Northwest that suggests that they can persist in lower elevation landscapes in our high desert, despite their moniker as a high alpine species. Matt will also include lessons learned from other long-term monitoring efforts, and offer solutions for how we can all help pikas thrive into the future. This presentation is free and ticket sales open one month prior to the event.

Nature Nights are free, but a ticket is required. Please register online.

The Deschutes Land Trust envisions a future of strong and healthy natural and human communities—where we work together to conserve and care for the lands that make Central Oregon an incredible place to live, work, and grow. As Central Oregon’s locally-based, nationally-accredited land trust, the Deschutes Land Trust has conserved and continues to care for more than 17,523 acres since 1995. For more information on the Deschutes Land Trust, contact us at (541) 330-0017 or visit

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NOTE: High resolution photos of presenters are available.