For the first time in over a century, wild bighorns return to live near the John Day Fossil Beds. OREGON FIELD GUIDE joins wildlife biologists to check on sheep released in the canyon country surrounding the fossil beds. Tune in to the stations of OPB on Thursday, October 20 at 8:30pm (and Sunday, October 23 at 1:30am and 6:30pm).
Bighorn Release – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife continues 60 years of bighorn restoration with their latest release in historic sheep country near the John Day Fossil Beds. Within months many of the sheep had spread out through remote canyons and newborn lambs were leaping with them up cliffs. But one group of rams wandered another direction, leading to a serious setback.
Photo-Geology Tour – It’s off to the southeastern part of the state for a beautiful tour of the stunning Jordan Craters and Leslie Gulch as we learn more about the wonders of Oregon geology.
Willamette Valley Fen - Have you ever heard of a fen? These unique geographic features used to be fairly common in western Oregon and Washington but now they are rare. We visit what may be the last intact fen left in the Willamette Valley to see plant species that exist nowhere else and look at efforts to save them.
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In its 23nd season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sundays at 1:30am and 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.
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