Season 26, Episode 11

Japan?s Earthquake: Lessons for Oregon; Ross Island; Steens Aspen


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Japan's Earthquake: Lessons For Oregon

OPB | March 26, 2015

Oregon Field Guide travels to Japan nearly four years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami decimated towns along the Japanese coast. We look for lessons Oregon can learn as we prepare for our own Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami.

Steens Aspen

OPB | March 20, 2015

A look at the beauty and unique ecology of the aspen on Steens Mountain.

Ross Island: History & Present

OPB | March 20, 2015

Visit Ross Island, and find out why this new Portland park is not open to the public.

Lake Abert Dries Up

OPB | March 19, 2015

Oregon’s third largest lake dried up. Is more than drought to blame?

Giant Waves

OPB | March 19, 2015

Giant waves create a spectacular show on the southern Oregon coast.

Hyla Woods

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015

A family timber firm says the forest itself must profit from logging more than they do.

Oregon Chub Recovery

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015

The Oregon chub is the first fish to be removed from the Endangered Species List.

Airstream Camping

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015

People who camp inside silver tubes love iconic Airstreams, invented by an Oregonian.

Native Canoe Ride

OPB | Feb. 19, 2015

An annual spiritual canoe journey that embraces Native American culture and traditions.


OPB | Feb. 18, 2015

Pedal powered "railriders" cruise an abandoned rail line between Joseph and Enterprise, Oregon. It's one of the first legal  excursions of its kind in the country.

Rockfish and Marine Reserves

OPB | Feb. 18, 2015

What do Smurfs, sonar and rockfish have in common? All are being used to see if Oregon's marine reserves actually protect the fish they're designed for.

Oregon Humongous Fungus Sets Record As Largest Single Living Organism On Earth

OPB | Feb. 12, 2015

The largest living organism in the world hides out of sight in eastern Oregon.

Gearhart Elk Herd

OPB | Feb. 05, 2015

Gearhart is a seaside vacation town... right in the middle of elk habitat.

Hiker Discovers Railroad History Hidden In Columbia Gorge

OPB | Feb. 04, 2015

A hiker finds long lost evidence of a spider web of railroad lines used to cut down trees in the gorge.

Malheur Wildlife Photo Essay

OPB | Jan. 29, 2015

A relaxing look at some wildlife on the Malheur refuge.

Forest Seed Orchard

OPB | Jan. 29, 2015

You've heard of fruit orchards, how about Douglas fir orchards.

Oregon Families Collect Antlers Without Killing Deer or Elk

OPB | Jan. 27, 2015

Oregon families collect deer antlers without killing any animals.

Endurance Riding

OPB | Jan. 27, 2015

Meet equestrians who love to endure up to 100-mile trail rides.

Celebrate Wilderness Photo Essay

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014

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

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

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