If the shoulder season has you feeling a little restless, why not feed your head until the snows come? The High Desert Museum is sponsoring a number of great talks this month, many of which, in true Bend fashion, also feature delicious beverages.
Northwest Climate Mysteries: Past, Present, and Future
What do glaciers, grasslands, and your yet-to-be born grandchildren all have in common? Climate change has already shaped them all. Dr. Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University will explain how we have tracked climate change through the ages. Fortunately, the lecture also features a no-host bar to help dull the sharp reality of our climatic situation. 6 pm, Saturday, Nov. 7. Members $3, non-members $5, RSVP: highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp.
Natural History Pub
If you have ever driven through the vast, seemingly-unlikely farmlands of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and wondered how they came to be, this is the lecture for you. Environmental historian, professor, and author Dr. Andrew Duffin will explain the geologic events that made the Palouse region ripe for agricultural development and how that development has shaped today's environmental outlook (Spoiler: You'll be glad there's a bar). Talk begins at 7 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm. Tuesday, Nov. 10. McMenamins Old St. Francis School Father Luke's Room. These talks always reach capacity so RSVP is required at: highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp.
This lecture lacks booze, but I can personally endorse it, as I paid significantly more than a $10 fee to take a Wildland Fire Ecology class from Dr. John Bailey at Oregon State University and it was worth every last penny. Also, it's a great one to bring the kiddos. Dr. Bailey will take participants for an interactive walk throughout the ponderosa pine and sage communities on museum grounds to learn about the history and future of fire management as well as their effects on climate change. Lecture-goers will get to explore a controlled-burn site. 10 am-noon. Saturday, Nov. 14. High Desert Museum 59800 S. Hwy 97. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Paired pricing for one adult and one child. Members $10, non-members $15. Each additional participant $5.