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A Preview of Oregon Field Guide's Columbia River Bar Pilots

Join us this week on Oregon Field Guide! Meet the bar pilots of the Columbia River who brave every kind of weather for one of the most hazardous jobs in the maritime industry - to help ships navigate the treacherous Columbia bar. And visit the town of Dufur with Steve Amen to investigate why so many are proud to call Dufur their home!

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.

Oregon Field Guide returns to the air with a brand new season – Season 28!

Join us on Thursday nights at 8:30 pm on OPB-TV or stream all of Oregon Field Guide's stories on our online library. Enjoy!

Upcoming Broadcasts

Columbia River Bar Pilots (2803)

October 23, 1:30 a.m. [OPB TV]

Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide (2804)

October 27, 8:30 p.m. [OPB TV]

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A magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the Northwest coast could hit at any time. How can we prepare for this impending and unpredictable disaster?

More Oregon Field Guide

Why Dufur?

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016

Join us for a tour of Wasco County and get a look at small town living as we meet some of the interesting characters that call Dufur, Oregon home.

Columbia River Bar Pilots

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016

Bar pilots brave weather & dangerous seas as they help commercial ships navigate the treacherous Columbia bar.

Fat Bikes, a Climate Changing Recreation

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016

We travel to Washington's Methow Valley to see how they're adopting a new form of recreation - fat bikes.

Mecate Rope Makers

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016

98 year old Frankie Dugal carries on a ranch tradition of horse-hair “mecate” ropemaking and is passing it on to the next generation in the southeast Oregon town of Jordan Valley.

Disappearing Meadows

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016

We investigate why natural meadows are disappearing from the Pacific Northwest.

North Fork Lewis River Photo Essay

OPB | Oct. 06, 2016

A visual journey of the forests and waterfalls of the upper north fork Lewis River.

Valhalla Behind The Scenes

OPB | Oct. 06, 2016

Field Guide takes you behind the scenes as we head into the Oregon wilderness in search of a hidden geologic wonder.

John Day River Paddleboarding

OPB | Oct. 06, 2016

A stand-up paddleboard adventure down the John Day River, the longest undammed river in Oregon.

Oregon Field Guide Producer Vince Patton Retires

OPB | March 24, 2016

Oregon Field Guide Producer Vince Patton prepares for retirement.

Discovering Valhalla: Oregon's Hidden Gorge

OPB | Feb. 04, 2016

Field Guide heads into the Oregon wilderness in search of a hidden geologic wonder.

Crayfish vs. Newt

OPB | Feb. 25, 2016

At Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, the surface water temperature is on the rise. This may not seem to be a big deal, but there’s an invasive crayfish that is loving the new warmer waters -- putting the lake’s clarity and native creatures in jeopardy.  

Oregon River Legend Buzz Holmstrom

OPB | Feb. 25, 2016

Oregon river legend, Buzz Holmstrom, was the first person to run the entire length of the Green and Colorado rivers, including through the Grand Canyon. He died mysteriously from a gunshot while rafting the Grand Ronde.

Ridgefield Photoessay

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016

Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge in SW Washington

Alvord Desert Gliders

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016

Glider pilots enjoy the thrill and beauty of soaring, without an engine, above the Alvord desert and Steens mountain.

Bull Run Quake Science

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016

New research aims to find out how destructive a Cascadia earthquake would be for Portland's water supply. 

Invasive Species BBQ

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016

A group of ecologists cook up a clever way to address the problem of invasive species – one bite at a time.


OPB | Feb. 11, 2016

Pikas are the adorable masters of the high country. These potato-sized members of the rabbit family squeak like plush toys and live among the rocks and under deep blankets of snow on the highest cascade peaks. So why are thousands of them living just a few hundred feet above sea level in the Columbia River Gorge?

Backyard Habitat

OPB | March 24, 2016

Setting up backyard habitat sounds nice, but does it really make an ecological difference?

2nd Grade Day At The Bay

OPB | March 24, 2016

2nd grade day at the bay is a tradition in Tillamook where hands-on learning meets the sea.

1 Million Plants In A Year

OPB | Feb. 25, 2016

A bold project aims to plant 1 million trees and shrubs in a single year in urban and rural Oregon.

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