The award-winning OREGON FIELD GUIDE kicks off its 23nd season on OPB TV on Thursday, October 6 at 8:30pm. “We’ll take you on a tour of this beautiful state every week throughout the fall and winter without your ever having to leave your house,” said Steve Amen, executive producer and host of the show. “Our intrepid crew has traveled to every corner of Oregon and southern Washington to film our most varied season ever,” he said. “We’ll show you how airplanes are being used to stock mountain lakes with fish, examine the wind energy debate in the Columbia Gorge, go ice diving, see how smoke jumpers train to fight fires. There’s even another electric car story this season,” said Amen. “In November, we’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Act with a special that examines some of the key issues facing the gorge along with some beautiful high-definition images.” And this year, there’ll be more FIELD GUIDE-generated stories on the Web and on the OPB Radio.
The season premiere kicks off exploring three intriguing subjects: the problems facing arctic white geese migrating through southern Oregon; a paragliding race between Jacksonville and Medford; and “treeversing” through the canopy of a white-oak forest near Canby.
Arctic White Geese - First up is a look at the arctic white geese that migrate through the Malheur Refuge in southern Oregon. For 13 years a dedicated group of volunteers has documented the migration of the geese from Russia and Canada that come through Oregon. FIELD GUIDE looks at why, in some areas, these birds are facing trouble.
Paragliding Race – The Paragliding Rat Race is the singular paragliding “cross-country” event in Oregon. FIELD GUIDE joins paragliders as they soar over the Applegate Valley competing to reach GPS waypoints spread out between Jacksonville and Medford. The event is not only a race, but also a great mentoring program and way to improve piloting skills.
Treeverse - Adventure filmmaker John Waller is as daring as the subjects he documents. This time, John teams up with tall-tree arborists Will Koomjian and Brian French on an unprecedented “treeverse” through the canopy of Oregon white oaks near Canby. The five-day quest tests the ingenuity and grit not only of the climbers, but every shooter, rigger, and John himself. Why brave the cold, mud and storms of March in tree tops? To find out if it can be done, sure. But also to celebrate the majestic beauty of these rapidly disappearing native groves.
Videos of the stories featured on FIELD GUIDE are available at opb.org/programs/ofg/ or watch entire programs at watch.opb.org.
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About OREGON FIELD GUIDE
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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