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Season 26, Episode 5

Wilderness photo essay; Osprey Rebound; Christmas Greens; Stumptown Skiing

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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.

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The Sweet Taste Of Autumn At Cedar Creek Grist Mill

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 20, 2017

A picturesque gristmill in southwest Washington state revives the joys of nostalgic traditions.

Truffle Dogs Sniff Out Culinary Gold In Oregon Forests

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2017

With the help of dogs, the Oregon Truffle Festival is elevating the international reputation of Oregon truffles.

The Tricky, Terrifying, Tedious Work On A Tug Boat

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2017

A trip down the Snake and Columbia Rivers aboard one of the tugs that push barges of grain, wood chips, garbage and other payloads between Lewiston and Vancouver year-round.

Pyrosomes: Mysterious, Pickle-Shaped Visitors Of The Deep

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2017

The pickle-shaped sea creatures known as pyrosomes are rarely seen along the West Coast, but this year millions of them showed up. No one knows why they're here or how long they'll stay.

The Hidden World Of Oregon's Overlooked Falls

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2017

Surrounded by derelict shells of old mills and factories, the largest waterfall in Oregon has been a mystery to most. Until now.

The Trail That's Not A Trail Through The Oregon Desert

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 2, 2017

Oregon's newest long-distance trail charts a rugged course through the heart of the desert.

California Or Mars? Rafting In The Red Canyons Of North Fork

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2017

The North Fork is a pocket of red planet oddness here on Earth.

On A Wing And A Prayer: A Butterfly Rescue On San Juan Island

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 26, 2017

Rising seas test a rare butterfly’s comeback. The Island Marble thought to be extinct was rediscovered on San Juan Island. Biologists are scrambling to keep it alive.

Step Back In Time At This Small Town Ski Hill

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 26, 2017

Warner Canyon: It's small, it's simple — and locals work hard to keep it that way. 

Friends Of Trees: Putting Down Roots In Winter

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 26, 2017

Friends of Trees has spread from a neighborhood cooperative to a regional tree-planting powerhouse.

Portland Photographer Captures The Art Of Oil Pollution

OPB | Broadcast: Oct. 19, 2017

Portlander Kevin Coulton is on a crusade to bring awareness to oil runoff through photography, one drip at a time.

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.

All Aboard The World's Largest Miniature Railroad

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 7, 2017

Train Mountain is the world’s largest miniature railroad, with 36 miles of tiny track, weaving through 2,300 acres of forest in remote southern Oregon.


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