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Season 27, Episode 10

Pikas are the adorable masters of the high country. So why are thousands of them living just a few hundred feet above sea level in the Columbia River Gorge? Oregonians help monarch butterflies with the one plant they need to survive: milkweed. We will also meet a group of ecologists who have cooked up a clever way to address the problem of invasive species – one bite at a time.

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For 27 years, Oregon Field Guide has been OPB’s weekly TV news magazine exploring the ecological issues, natural wonders and outdoor recreation of the Northwest.

Join us this week on Oregon Field Guide! 

An in-depth look at Pikas, adorable, potato-sized members of the rabbit that normally live high in the cascade peaks, but can now be found in their thousands in the Columbia River Gorge.
Learn how Oregonians are helping monarch butterflies with the one plant they need to survive and Invasive species that are causing serious damage to the Northwest landscape. One group is taking a bite out of the problem - with an invasive species cook-off!

 

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Major Support Provided By: Dorothy D. Gage

Additional Support Provided By: the Coit Family Foundation, Fred and Clara Dolen Charitable Foundation, Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird, Christine and David Vernier, and the Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by: The Roundhouse Foundation, Jon and Nancy Decherd, Bonnie and Peter Reagan