It’s been more than 3 decades since Mount St. Helens erupted. One of the first animals to return to the area was the elk. But they didn’t find much food. And since they can roam for miles, they left for better territory. Now, elk populations are booming around the volcano, but there’s concern about some steps to help them ¬– steps that included building giant structures in the middle of the Toutle River. OREGON FIELD GUIDE explores why biologists deemed it necessary to interfere with nature to feed the elk and if their approach is helping. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, October 13 at 8:30pm and follow biologists in the field as they check the health of the elk.

Take a snowboard, add wings, and fly up a mountain! FIELD GUIDE gets a fun look at the relatively new sport of snowkiting. The intrepid crew follows the Southern Oregon Kite Addicts to the backside of Mount Ashland and kiteskies up the slopes. And when they hit big air, they fly, often for several minutes at a time. When the wind, the sun and the powder all come together, it’s like experiencing the perfect wave – but on the slopes.

The show ends with a beautiful look at several of Oregon’s lighthouses as seen through the eye of award-winning videographer Nick Fisher. They include Heceta Head by Florence, Yaquina lighthouse by Newport, and Cape Disappointment on the Washington side of the Columbia.

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In its 23nd 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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