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For 28 years, "Oregon Field Guide" has been OPB’s weekly TV news magazine exploring the ecological issues, natural wonders and outdoor recreation of the Northwest.

This fall "Oregon Field Guide" kicks off their 29th year at 8:30 pm on OPB TV!

So join us on the air or online at anytime! We look forward to sharing incredible stories with you throughout this new season!

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Oregon's Agricultural Landscape Can Take Your Breath Away

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2017

A photographic essay showcasing the beauty of Eastern Oregon's agricultural landscape.

Oregon Scientist Hunts For New Species In One Man’s Backyard

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2017

You don’t have to delve into the densest rainforest or the deepest ocean trench to discover new species. Chris Marshall finds them in the most familiar places.

By Removing A Derelict Fence, Volunteers Make Way For Wildlife

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 12, 2017

A group of backcountry volunteers are racing against a deadline to remove a derelict fence from the land. These old barbed wire fences are hazards to wildlife, a last vestige of ranching.

Trek The Spectacular Wallowa Mountains With Legendary Mule Packer

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 12, 2017

Trek the backcountry of the Wallowa Mountains the old school way, with mules taking the heavy loads.

Finding Oregon's Tallest Trees Gets Help From Technology

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 12, 2017

LiDar technology helps identify Oregon's tallest trees. But humans still need to climb the trees to confirm those readings.

Photographing Parkdale In Winter

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

Parkdale, Oregon, is known for its agriculture, but the quiet winter months offer supreme opportunities for photography, especially with the majestic Mount Hood as its backdrop.

Circling Crater Lake In Winter Is No Summer Picnic

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

To circle Crater Lake in the summer is easy. In the winter, it is an entirely different story.

OPB Tower Engineers Help Rural Community Stay Connected

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 5, 2017

OPB's field engineers are like the intrepid letter carriers, braving snow, wind, ice, scorning sun and everything in between to maintain the hardware that carries OPB’s radio and TV signals.

'Oregon Field Guide' Remembers Jeff Douglas

OPB | Broadcast: March 2, 2017

"Oregon Field Guide" remembers longtime journalist Jeff Douglas.

Bat Mystery

OPB | Broadcast: March 2, 2017

The deadly disease, white-nose syndrome, that’s been devastating East Coast bat colonies, has suddenly and mysteriously appeared in the Northwest

Scenes From The Thaw: Clear Lake Melting

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 23, 2017

Clear Lake in the Willamette National Forest is a popular recreation spot in the summer. During the spring thaw, however, it's so quiet you can hear the soft crackles and steady drips of a melting landscape.

A Visual Tour Of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 23, 2017

This visual tour of the beautiful Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland will put spring in your step.

Fired Up For The Great Oregon Steam-Up

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 23, 2017

The Great Oregon Steam-Up is a chance to check out the steam-powered high-tech of yesteryear.

The Night Sky Like You've Never Seen It: Oregon Star Party Dazzles

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 23, 2017

Everything's looking up in this exquisite exploration of the night sky, captured in all its brilliance by photographers and astronomers during the annual Oregon Star Party.

Oregon Prison Sagebrush Project Aims To Engage, Educate Inmates

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 23, 2017

Inmates at the Snake River Correction Institute in Oregon grow and replant sagebrush to improve sage grouse habitat.

Columbia River Gorge Geology Tour

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 16, 2017

The Columbia River Gorge is a sight to behold, but what's even more breathtaking is the story behind its creation. Here's how two major floods shaped this spectacular area.

Return To Mount Hood's Glacier Caves

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 16, 2017

The spectacular Mount Hood glacier caves that "Oregon Field Guide" documented in 2013 have all but disappeared. But why? Is it global warming, or is something else at play?

Oaks Bottom Forge

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 9, 2017

One traditional forge in the Sellwood neighborhood of Southeast Portland has been attracting everyone from engineers to chefs who want to learn how to forge their own tools.

The Mysterious Glowing Creatures Of Northwest Waterways

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 9, 2017

A scientific and eye-popping look at the tiny creatures that produce light in seawater.

Owyhee River Journey

OPB | Broadcast: Feb. 9, 2017

"Oregon Field Guide" joins geologist Dr. Liz Safran and river guide Audrey Gehlhausen for a journey through the geologic wonderland of the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Major Support Provided By:
William K. Blount Family
Carol and Velma Saling Foundation

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

Special thanks for support by:
The Roundhouse Foundation, Nonnie Cole, Barbara Emily Knudsen Charitable Foundation, Bonnie and Peter Reagan, Dr. Andrew McIvor and Dr. Maura Conlon McIvor