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March 2020

World Water Day: Madzi means Water

March 21, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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June 2020

COGS Virtual Presentation – June 25th – Extinction: Using catastrophic events to construct the geologic timeline

June 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presentations - Field Trips - More updated frequently at www.CoGeoSoc.org =============  COGS Visiting Scholar Presentation ================== Thursday June 25th  "Doors" open at 6:45PM  -- Presentation starts at 7:00PM Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcuygrDItGdCpHpsdys6RmwAMIYHD1ztS After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting William Orr, University of Oregon Professor Emeritus Extinction: Using catastrophic events to construct the geologic timeline Mass extinctions have been important markers in the geologic record since the geologic timescale was laid out over 200 years ago. University of Oregon Professor Emeritus William Orr will explore some of the largest mass extinction events in Earth's history, and our best estimates as to their cause. Recent ideas about the causes of extinction events will be presented, including volcanism and meteor impacts, as well as a look at some of the species that survived these catastrophes and how these events were used to construct the geologic ... Read more

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April 2021

Got Glaciers? Going, Going, Gone Past-to-Future: Vanishing Glaciers in the Deschutes Basin

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

NOTE: This event has passed. Find the recording here. From fish to farms, from flora to fire hazard, glaciers are crucial to our well-being. And yet... Oregon’s glaciers are the natural water reservoirs of the high Cascade water towers. Glacier meltwater sustains rivers during the late summer and fall for flora, fauna and irrigation. The glacier melt chills streams for salmon and trout, with the attendant effect of cooling surrounding forests that reduces fire risk and intensity. In short, glaciers are an integral part of Central Oregon ecosystems and economies. And yet, we do not know how many glaciers remain today in the basin, let alone how many existed a century ago. In this talk, Dr. Anders Carlson will present on the Oregon Glacier Institute's findings from the first census of glaciers in Oregon since the 1950s. We will examine how these glacier changes are related to regional climate change, ... Read more

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