The award-winning OREGON FIELD GUIDE kicks off its 24th season on Thursday, October 4 at 8:30pm on OPB TV. “Our intrepid crew has done amazing work this season and viewers are in for a treat,” said Steve Amen, executive producer and host of the show. It’s an adventure each week as FIELD GUIDE travels the region to explore remote areas, delve into geologic secrets, observe nature’s mysteries and meet people with unique outdoor interests. 

“This season,” said Amen, “we’ll take you along as one of our videographers dives into a frozen lake where few dare to venture. We’ll also join a modern-day cattle drive and show you why one of Oregon’s largest ranches still follows some century-old ways. And we’ll examine Mt. Hood’s volcanic past. We guarantee that each week, there’ll be stories that will amaze, illuminate and entertain.”

The season premiere kicks off examining three intriguing subjects: how grebes seemingly “dance” on the surface of the water; the geologic wonderland of southern Oregon’s North Umpqua River; and cranberry farming.

Grebes – Grebes are fresh-water diving birds that seemingly dance on the surface of the water. How on earth do they do that? Thanks to high-speed cameras, we see just how grebes can propel themselves as if they walk on top of the water in the Upper Klamath Lake. It is an amazing sight.

North Umpqua Geology – Join us on a journey to another Oregon location that is unique in the world: Southern Oregon’s North Umpqua River is one of our more dramatic landscapes: a place where rivers collide and waterfalls plunge from spectacular cliffs. It is an incredible trip into this geologic wonderland.

Cranberry Farming – Certain Oregon farms intentionally drown their crops – but only for a few days. We’ll dispel some myths and show research into growing the sweetest cranberries in the country.

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In its 24th season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sundays at 1:30am and 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

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