December   2 0 1 9


Rangifer Tarandus
Joan Gilbert

Celebrate with Us!

Welcome to the Reading Corner!

As the nights get longer and colder, there is nothing like curling up in a cozy armchair with a good book. Each month this winter, we feature books that celebrate science and the natural world. 

This month we offer you Lab Girl, a beautifully written memoir by geobiologist Hope Jahren. Lab Girl is equal parts a coming of age story, a passionate ode to plants, and an intimate look at the joys and challenges of pursuing a career in science. In this New York Times review, Mitchiko Kakutani says that Jahren's book "does for botany what Oliver Sacks’s essays did for neurology, what Stephen Jay Gould’s writings did for paleontology." A good gift for that scientist in your life, or for you! We can also look forward to Jahren's next book, The Story of More, due out in March 2020.


We Love Gifts!

Our Discovery Center is an invaluable outpost, presenting unique and innovative opportunities for science in the heart of this iconic region.  It’s the only Science Center of its kind for hundreds of miles, and attracts thousands of visitors every year. When you give a year-end gift to Wallowology you help these programs grow! We couldn't do it without your support. Thank you!

What happened at Wallowology last month?

Wallowology hosted our first Portland fundraiser, Go Underground! on November 15thGuests enjoyed a powerful presentation by Dr. Karen Antell on the underground life of forests, auction items were won, games were played and we raised significant funds for the new underground room that we will be adding to our Ancient Forests Exhibit! 
photos by Robert Kemp

Ralph's Links

December is a month of deepening cold, in the old traditions in Wallowa country latitudes, though climate change is creating new expectations. 

The tenth of this month is "International Human Rights Day " and of course at it's core all human rights are about ecological equity, egality and corresponding responsibility. 

The twelfth day of this month sports a full moon  (see Wallowa'ologys' facebook page) and the 21st day of this month is Winter Solstice with astronomical and ecological significances older than our species ...

Ralph Anderson, having retired from a career with the U.S. Forest Service and as a consulting Wildlife Biologist, continues to offer his perspectives, insights and perusal of the current flow of science discoveries and its implications via postings on the Wallowology facebook page. The range of links he posts runs from hard science of physics, mathematics, geo-spatial, archaeological and natural sciences to applications in education, fun and play.  He tries to dodge the politics of most issues though they are implicit in many of the articles. A common denominator he seeks in his postings is information, a widening perspective, appreciation for all that is around us and fun.

Ralph is an administrator and frequent contributor to our Facebook page. To see more of his links, like the Wallowology Facebook page.

Reflection of the Month:


Wallowology! Natural History Discovery Center, in downtown Joseph, opened to the public in June 2014.  We invite participants to explore and discover Eastern Oregon's lands and waters through exhibits, outings, and evening presentations by scientists, artists and others.

Our mission is to inform, inspire, and involve residents and visitors in the conservation of ecosystems and landscapes that support and sustain rural communities throughout Eastern Oregon.

Wallowology! is the public education division of Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation whose purposes are scientific, educational, and charitable. Based in science and education, EOLL's natural and cultural history programs include research, conservation planning, land acquisition, and policy development.

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