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Joan Gilbert

Coming up just one week from tomorrow!

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Join us in Portland to get a glimpse of the amazing underground world of Oregon's forests and support our plans to bring this world to life in our new Ancient Forest Exhibit. 

Go Underground! will feature a silent 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.

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Sneak Peak:

Photograph of Wallowa Lake by David Jensen 

Winter is coming, but on the coldest nights you could enjoy looking at this gorgeous David Jensen photograph of wildflowers at the iconic Wallowa Lake when you make the winning bid and take this photograph home with you.

Just one of the amazing auction items you can bid on at Go Underground!

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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. With this November edition of Tracks, we are launching a monthly Reading Corner, where each month throughout the fall and winter, we will feature books that celebrate science and the natural world. 

This month we are thrilled to feature The Overstory, an expansive novel about trees and the people who study them, use them, and try to protect them. It's been getting rave reviews, among them this New York Times review by Barbara Kingsolver.  

What happened at Wallowology last month?

October Was All About Eagles!

 Expert Frank Isaacs took us to see a bald eagle nest at Wallowa Lake and golden eagle nests up the West Fork Wallowa River.
Photo courtesy of Rob Klavins.

On October 18th, we were honored to have American eagle expert, Frank Isaacs, and his wife, Jane, join us for breakfast and a trip to see golden eagle and bald eagle nests in Wallowa County.  We were thrilled to find 9 bald eagles congregating at the mouth of the Wallowa River!  As the sun made its way over the mountains, the eagles took off and soared above the East Moraine, some in pairs engaging in what looked like playful maneuvers.

That evening, Frank delivered an interesting and engaging talk on bald and golden eagles. He shared many beautiful pictures, interesting facts, and a few stories about his long and amazing career working with these magnificent birds. Wallowology was packed and everyone enjoyed Frank's great show. We encourage you to learn more about his organization, Oregon Eagle Foundation

Eagle Poem

by Joy Harjo, US Poet Laureate 2019

To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon

To one whole voice that is you.

And know there is more

That you can’t see, can’t hear;

Can’t know except in moments

Steadily growing, and in languages

That aren’t always sound but other

Circles of motion.

Like eagle that Sunday morning

Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean

With sacred wings.

We see you, see ourselves and know

That we must take the utmost care

And kindness in all things.

Breathe in, knowing we are made of

All this, and breathe, knowing

We are truly blessed because we

Were born, and die soon within a

True circle of motion,

Like eagle rounding out the morning

Inside us.

We pray that it will be done

In beauty.

In beauty.
To listen to Joy Harjo read her poem and learn more about her, visit her page on the Poetry Foundation website.    Painting by Gary Underwood.

Ralph's Links

November is a month of naked trees, building firewood piles and playing with your clocks.  The first Saturday is National Bison Day and we might note that there is a current effort to create "a national bison treaty," perhaps with more lasting success than Isaac Stevens "Buffalo Treaty of 1858" with the Blackfoot tribe.

November 8th is National S.T.E.M. Day as we note Wallowa'ologys' emphasis on providing natural history education assistance for young folks.

November 30 is "International Remembrance Day for Lost Species.  Rather than focusing on a particular species story, Remembrance Day for Lost Species 2019 invites people to celebrate the ways that humans have named, loved and lived with their human and non-human kin. Wallowa country includes many lost species including mammoths, short-faced bears, ol' Ephraim and fisher.

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:

Offering Thanks

As we gear up for the holiday season, November is also a time to pause for a moment and focus on gratitude. This month, we'd like to thank each of you who have become individual donors, as well as the growing list of foundations who have offered significant support for our mission this year:

Charlotte Martin Foundation
Collins Foundation
Ford Family Foundation
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Oregon Parks Foundation
Soroptimist International of Wallowa County 
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Thank you all for your generous financial support of our work over the past year. We couldn't do it without you! 


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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Joseph, Oregon 97846

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