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February 2020

Second Annual: Wild Rivers Night! With Stories, Beer, and Kombucha

February 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Wild Rivers Night is just around the corner! Join us for a splashing good time being regaled with tales about rivers. Come celebrate wild rivers in Oregon, Colorado, and as far away as the Karnali River in Nepal. Presented by adventurers who have explored the rivers by raft, kayak, SUP, and more! Where: St Helens Hall, Trinity Episcopal Church, 231 NW Idaho St, Bend 97701Why: Coz stories and friends and beer and kombucha, and river restoration tooJust RSVP here and don't forget to bring your own mugSuggested donation: $10 (or more!) at the door will help fund river restoration projects. We expect this popular event to sell out so get your tickets soon.  Brought to you by us (Coalition for the Deschutes), Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe, beer by Deschutes Brewery and kombucha by Caboost For our pre-show slide show, please send in ONE (I know that's hard!) fave digital picture of a river scene. People are okay as long as the river ... Read more

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March 2020

Postponed until a later date (World Water Day Global Gathering: from Malawi to the Deschutes with Nat Geo)

March 21 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Travel around the world through stories of water with National Geographic contributing photographers Ami Vitale and Chad Copeland. Hear from local experts and learn how the Clean Madzi Lager by Deschutes Brewery is making a splash. This World Water Day, be the change you want to see. Your ticket purchase helps support clean water initiatives in Malawi, Africa, and Deschutes River projects locally.  Purchase Tickets

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World Water Day: Madzi means Water

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Deschutes Brewery, 901 SW Simpson Ave
Bend, Oregon 97701

World Water Day: Madzi means Water Saturday March 21,6:00 - 8:00 pmMadzi! That’s the word for water in Malawi, Africa. From Oregon to Malawi, we are connected by water. Join us for this fully-hosted community gathering to hear inspiring stories, mingle with National Geographic contributors Ami Vitale and Chad Copeland, and enjoy Clean Madzi Lager, a special beer created just for this occasion. On this World Water Day, be the change you want to see. With the purchase of your ticket, you will help provide water wells and sanitation projects in Malawi and support Deschutes River projects locally.  Cost $50. Mountain Room Deschutes Brewery 901 SW Simpson Ave, Bend, OR 97702Purchase Tickets  

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April 2020

The Secret Life of Rivers

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us via Zoom for a presentation with the entertaining, edifying, and endearing aquatic ecologist, Dr. Jerry Freilich. Rivers are like eyeglasses. Glasses appear transparent and utterly simple, yet the subtle curves of a lens are anything but simple. Likewise, a river seems like a pipe where water enters the top, runs down a channel, and empties into the sea. What could be simpler? Actually, the ecology of rivers is complex, concealed, eye-opening and will likely surprise you. This program by Dr. Jerry Freilich will explain how rivers work. How many organisms actually make up the riverine ecosystem? Where do they get their energy? And how many of them have you actually heard of? With awareness of riverine ecology, you will understand why it is unrealistic to think of a river as pipe and why rivers are so important to the basins they drain. Who the heck is this Jerry ... Read more

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May 2020

Biodiversity Begins with a ‘B’

May 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Coalition for the Deschutes and the Middle Deschutes Watershed Council for a Zoom talk by Dr. Jerry Freilich.   Via Zoom. Click the link to join the meeting. (This link is all you need.) Biodiversity Begins With a “B” is a program about one small corner of the animal world. Most people can name perhaps three or four kinds of bees and are incredulous to learn that there are actually close to 4,000 species of native bees in North America. This talk will explain why bees are such a challenge. Most are tiny, fast-flying and inconspicuous. They go about their jobs, don’t interact with people, and generally fly below human radar. Jerry’s very interested in the birds and bees; aren’t you? What Makes Jerry Buzz? Dr. Jerry Freilich is an entomologist who spent 25 years working for the National Park Service in six parks nationwide. Before retiring to Bend, Jerry spent the last 13 ... Read more

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A Wild Ride with Explorer George Kourounis

May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Missed George's talk? You can watch it on YouTube here. In the midst of the huge drag that is Covid-19, join Coalition for the Deschutes and the Juniper Group of Sierra Club and escape for a while with explorer George Kourounis. What: Hold on tight as explorer George Kourounis shares his 20+ years of tracking down and documenting the most fearsome natural forces on planet Earth. Chasing tornadoes in Oklahoma, hunkering down in the eyes of hurricanes like Katrina & Sandy, descending deep into menacingly active volcanoes...George is the guy who runs into places that most sane people run away from, all to showcase the beauty and power of Mother Nature. George will be sharing stories, images, and videos from his most extreme expeditions in more than 75 countries spanning all seven continents. Curious about George Kourounis George Kourounis is Explorer In Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and has hosted 50 episodes of the globally-broadcast TV ... Read more

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