Oregon is well known for lush ancient forests and a picturesque coastline that teems with waterbirds. This is the Oregon west of the Cascade Mountains, where most of the human population resides.

Less well known is how radically different the habitat and climate become as one crosses the mountains to the east, and visitors who get to see the whole state are never quite prepared for the beauty and stark contrasts. In the rain shadow of the Cascades one finds dry, open conifer forests, desert-like shrub-steppe, and vistas of canyons and fault-block mountains. It’s this meeting of Pacific and continental climates in astonishingly close proximity that gives the state of Oregon an avian diversity greater than any other area in the world at a similar latitude: especially in woodpeckers and owls.

We’ll explore most of this diversity in scenic state parks on the coast, vibrant national wildlife refuges in the Willamette Valley, extensive coniferous forests on both sides of the Cascades and open expanses of sagebrush in the eastern deserts.

Date(s) - 17/08/2019
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Merlin Lecture Theatre