The Master Naturalist Program and My Oregon Journey, By Tina Peterson
Mon, 2018-01-08 19:07
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: Tina originally posted this article on her online blog, By the Light of the Silvery Moon. You can read the post on her website here Oregon is a storied land of... Read more
Lichens, By Ken Denniston
Thu, 2017-11-30 12:23
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: Ken attended the OMN lichen workshop in October and originally posted this blog entry on his website, Northwest Conifers. You can read the post on his website here   A lichen is not a thing. That is, it is not a single organism... Read more
Master Naturalists at Work in Nob Hill Nature Park (St Helens, OR)
Thu, 2017-10-26 13:04
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: Caroline Skinner is a Master Naturalist and organizer with Friends of Nob Hill Nature Park. She passed on the press release below about recent improvements to this special spot, which contains some of our rare fragments of native oak woodland and wildflower habitat. There is also information at the end about how to get involved with maintaining the... Read more
A Journey Towards Home, By Gabrielle Haber
Mon, 2017-08-07 16:49
Barely 9 o’clock in the morning and we were already climbing, steeply moving up the switchbacks towards a ridgeline we couldn’t see, moving away from the crowded lakeside campsites, climbing farther into the wilderness. We hoisted our heavy packs over downed logs, the trail on either side of them matted with trampled fir branches. At 4600 feet we stopped to catch our breaths and turned to look behind us. Upslope, the... Read more
How a strange voice on the phone taught me a life lesson, By Deb Hanson
Wed, 2017-06-21 11:04
Note from Brandy Saffell, OMN Program Coordinator: The interaction that Deb describes below was part of a Master Naturalist chapter effort to reach out to program graduates. I was very touched by this story because it reminded me that the work we do is not just about connecting people to nature, but also connecting with people themselves. In fact, I think part of growing up as a naturalist is... Read more
Elk Monitoring Project at Finley National Wildlife Refuge, By Roger Applegate
Thu, 2017-05-18 17:00
Finley Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis is home to a herd of Roosevelt Elk estimated at around 200 animals. In an effort to learn more about the age and sex distribution of the herd, as well as their movement patterns, volunteers have teamed up with Senior Biologist Brian Root to conduct a survey.  Surveyors use a standard data sheet & conduct the surveys every 1-2 weeks by visiting pre-determined  locations on the... Read more