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Bald Eagle
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Joan Gilbert

October Presentation: All About Eagles!

For our last presentation of the season, we're excited to host Frank Isaacs, a renowned expert on North American eagles, who is coming to speak to us all the way from Corvallis. His team at The Oregon Eagle Foundation monitors nests statewide, including many throughout Eastern Oregon's ancient forests and scenic canyons. Hope you can join us!

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There is so much more to a forest than what we see. To really understand the complex nature of an ancient forest ecosystem, we must look up, look down, and . . . look underground! Recently scientists have discovered a subterranean world of unparalleled complexity where large trees serve as hubs of communication and sharing. 

Join us in Portland on Friday, November 15, to get a glimpse of this amazing underground world and support our plans to  bring this world to life in our new ancient forest exhibit. 

 Go Underground! will feature an auction, interactive exhibits, hors-d'oeuvres, no-host bar, and a presentation by Eastern Oregon University professor, Dr. Karen Antell, introducing the complex subterranean world of Oregon's eastside ancient forests.


Auction Item Sneak Peak: Vacation on the Bayou! 

Winter is coming, but you could enjoy warm weather at this Mississippi house on the bayou (pictured below) for a full week. Just one of the amazing auction items you can bid on at Go Underground!


It's a Wrap!

Wallowology has officially wrapped up our sixth season! Our Natural History Discovery Center in downtown Joseph, Oregon is now closed for the off-season, except by appointment or for special events.

We aim to present substantive scientific information about our region in an engaging manner, so that we deepen the public's understanding of our region's fragile beauty. We create artistic displays, recruit engaging and knowledgeable speakers, and organize numerous special events and outings.

This past summer almost 4,000 people visited the Discovery Center. We hosted a star-gazing party, a river rafting trip, and an educational hike into the Joseph Canyon Roadless Area for Portland State University graduate students. With the help of amazing volunteers we launched a new Preschool Science Playtime. We hosted Nez Perce elder, Si Whitman, as well as presentations on condors, fungi, bears, and owls. A record number of people attended presentations by local and regional experts on climate change. For the first time, we hosted the Plein Air Exhibit for the Wallowa County Festival of the Arts, and we cosponsored In a Landscape, a public concert celebrating protection and restoration of the Wallowa Lake Basin, featuring a Steinway grand piano on the Wallowa Lake Lodge lawn.

We'd like to thank each of you who have become individual donors, as well as the Collins Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, Charlotte Martin Foundation, Oregon Parks Foundation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Soroptimist International of Wallowa County for their generous financial support of our work over the past year. We couldn't do it without you!  

Although the center is closed, we are already busy updating and expanding our exhibits, and have several exciting new ventures in the works that we will unveil soon. Until then, enjoy these photos from this past summer.

Ralph's Links

News of the bashing of heads (bighorn sheep) comes from the depths of the Imnaha with resounding echos, the whistling bugles of the kin of megaloceros (and their anthropoid analogs) and the quieter rustlings of bruins among the leaves of old orchards and plum and hawthorn thickets remind us that most of our faunal kin lead quieter lives.

This season turns on a new axis midst climate catastrophe ( and attendant human turmoils.  We note newly emerging archaeological science shows our species has weathered at least 16,000 years of turning seasons deep in Wallowa country.

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.

Reflection of the Month

"She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree and look up at the apples, to make you feel the goodness of planting and tending and harvesting at last."
-  Willa Cather


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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PO Box 666
Joseph, Oregon 97846

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