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Season 26, Episode 5

Wilderness photo essay; Osprey Rebound; Christmas Greens; Stumptown Skiing

Oregon Field Guide is OPB’s long-running local weekly TV series covering natural resources, ecological issues, outdoor recreation and travel destinations across the Northwest region.

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Celebrate Wilderness Photo Essay

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 4 a.m.

A tour of northwest wilderness areas marks the 50th year of the Act that preserved them.

Ospreys Rebound, Rely On Help From Humans

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 3 a.m.

The only hawk that dives into water for its food thrives with help from humans.

Christmas Greens

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 2 a.m.

We track the "green" that noble fir boughs bring to our local economy as they are harvested from our national forests, fashioned into wreaths, garlands, and swags and then shipped all over the country.

Stumptown Skiing

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 1 a.m.

Whenever a good snow storm is predicted for Portland, Win Goodbody and his friends plan to meet at Powell's Books for an impromptu Norwegian ski race through the streets of northwest Portland.

Urban Youth & the Zen of Fly-fishing

OPB | Nov. 13, 2014 3 a.m.

U.S. Navy veteran Chad Brown deals with his PTSD through fly-fishing. Now he's bringing the art of fly-fishing to urban youth who lack access to nature and have their own issues to deal with.

Queen Bee Project: Breeding Winter Survivors

OPB | Nov. 13, 2014 2 a.m.

Two men try to breed stronger bees that can survive winter in Portland.

Snowcat Sculpting

OPB | Nov. 13, 2014 1 a.m.

Ever wonder how those cool terrain parks get the shapes that allow snowboarders to execute spectacular jumps and death-defying flips? They're the meticulous work of Mt. Bachelor's skilled team of snowcat operators. We ride along to see how it's done.

Sandhill Crane Migrations Revealed by Satellites

OPB | Nov. 06, 2014 1 a.m.

Satellite tracking reveals sandhill cranes can fly 35mph and cover 250 miles in a day.

Glide Wildflower Show

OPB | Nov. 06, 2014 midnight

For nearly 50 years, residents of tiny Glide, Oregon (population 2,000, near Roseburg) have been collecting and showing their favorite wildflowers. We follow the collection, identification, display set-up, and show of Oregon's loveliest wildflowers.

Zombie Survival Camp

OPB | Nov. 06, 2014 midnight

Some kids would rather play video games and battle zombies than play in nature. But "Trackers Earth" has crafted a way to teach kids essential outdoors skills while feeding their desire to battle zombies! Zombie Survival Camp is a fun role-playing camp that gives kids exposure to the natural world while teaching them how to avoid the hordes of flesh-eating zombies unleashed during the apocalypse.

Ranchers Act To Protect Sage Grouse, Prevent Restrictions

OPB | Oct. 30, 2014 3 a.m.

Ranchers and biologists act in hopes of preventing an endangered listing for sage grouse.

Tim Palmer: On Oregon's Rivers

OPB | Oct. 30, 2014 2 a.m.

Tim Palmer has written 22 guidebooks to nature, rivers, and wild places. We joined him for some paddling to get his thoughts on the river life and why Oregon has access to some of the best rivers in the west.

Working Goats

OPB | Oct. 30, 2014 1 a.m.

We tag along with shepherdess Briana Murphy as she wields her herd of brush-eating goats from the sublime vineyards of the Willamette Valley to the industrial wastelands of NE Portland.

Discovery on Mount Saint Helens

OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 2 a.m.

Explorers launch an expedition into the crater of Mount Saint Helens to search for unexplored glacier caves. When a storm rolls in, their journey of discovery turns into a harrowing evacuation out of the belly of the volcano.

Photographer Finds Healing In Wilderness

OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 1 a.m.

Nature photographer Peter Marbach finds healing from open heart surgery by returning to wilderness.

Crystal Springs Restoration

OPB | March 26, 2014 3:37 p.m.

In the early 2000s we visited Portland’s Reed College campus to look at what was then the beginning of an effort to bring salmon back to an urban stream. We returned this past summer to see how things have turned out. We find an urban creek that's now home to river otters, brook lamprey, steelhead and salmon.

Tsunami Anniversary

OPB | March 26, 2014 3:02 p.m.

The March 27, 1964 "Good Friday" earthquake rocked Southcentral Alaska with 5 minutes of shaking. The magnitude 9.2 earthquake left communities in ruins and triggered a tsunami that traveled south at over 500 mph towards Oregon. When the tsunami struck Oregon and California hours later, it destroyed homes, flooded communities and killed 11 people. It remains the largest tsunami in U.S history.

Wilderness Medics

OPB | March 26, 2014 11:46 a.m.

The Reach and Treat Team trains every month to take professional paramedic skills into the wild. AMR provides advanced life support in the wilderness when medics join in rescues in the snow, dangling from ropes and in rushing rivers.

Behind the Scenes: Waterfall Kayaking

OPB | March 20, 2014 1:56 p.m.

Kayakers say that the only way to see the depths of the Salmon River Gorge is to learn how to kayak over 50-80 foot waterfalls. So how did the Field Guide crew get it all on video? We share the behind-the-scenes story of bushwhacking, rappelling, waiting and chasing as we struggle to capture a rare adventure beyond the trails end.

Summer Ski Camp

OPB | March 20, 2014 1:20 p.m.

Mt Hood, Oregon has the distinction of being the only place in North America that can offer skiers the opportunity to train year-round. One camp - Mt Hood Summer Ski Camps - has been training tomorrow's stars of snow sports since the 1970s. We check in with the latest group of up-and-coming "campers" as they hone their skills on the summer slopes.

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Major Support Provided By:

  • Dorothy D. Gage and Dan Stanton
  • Fred and Clara Dolen Charitable Foundation

Additional Support Provided By:

  • Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird
  • Christine and David Vernier
  • Coit Family Foundation
  • Beth Torry Miller Trust
  • Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy
  • The Roundhouse Foundation
  • Bonnie and Peter Reagan