5th Annual Ladd Marsh Cleanup Day

               REMINDER! Ladd Marsh Cleanup Day is this Saturday beginning at 9:00AM. Friends of Ladd Marsh will be joined by members of Oregon Hunter’s Association (OHA) and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to clean up trash on the wildlife area. Participants must check in at Ladd Marsh HQ to fill out volunteer forms and get a permit to be in closed areas. Thanks to OHA, we now have several grabbers and a large supply of trash bags.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather, recognizing the potential for wet ground and strong wind. Please leave pets at home or make other arrangements.

Directions to Ladd Marsh HQ: From La Grande, take the Union Highway (203) to Pierce Rd (B&K Auto Salvage). Turn right (south) on Pierce. Continue for approximately 1 ¼ mile to HQ on the right.

From Union, turn left on Pierce Rd and follow above directions.

HQ can be reached from I-84: Take exit 268 (Foothill Rd) then turn east. At the “T” with Pierce Rd, turn left (north). Continue about 1 1/2 mile to HQ on the left.

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Rob Taylor to kick off 2019 Bird Festival

Friday evening, May 17, Rob Taylor will present “From Guns to Goonies: Transforming a Military Base into a Refuge for Birds and Other Wildlife,” the story of Midway Atoll.

Born and raised in New York City by not exactly nature-loving parents, Rob isn’t sure how he ended up living in Eastern Oregon and working in the fields of science and conservation. Maybe it was his discovery, while a teenager, that if he disappeared into the small patch of woods near his house, he could avoid interactions with the thugs that roamed the neighborhood. But there probably was no watershed moment, just a slow drift away from urbanization and towards small towns and rural landscapes. In college, he studied computers and had what seemed like a good start towards a prosperous life. When he quit his job at IBM to return to school and study biology, it seemed like a good decision, but given some difficulties in finding gainful employment, there have been times he’s questioned the path. Rob moved to Wallowa County in 2002 to take a job with The Nature Conservancy where he worked to develop a scientific monitoring and research program for the Zumwalt Prairie Initiative. Then in 2016 wanderlust got the better of him and he headed west to work as a restoration ecologist at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Islands. Now back home in Wallowa County, Rob still manages to make a living doing conservation science and wakes up most days thankful for his life there.

Rob Taylor at Midway Atoll with “Wisdom,” the oldest known living wild bird.
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2019 Bird Festival Field Trip Preview

Check out the Bird Festival tab and click on the PDF of 2019 Field Trips for a preview of this year’s activities. Registration will open April 15 for the 14th Annual Ladd Marsh Bird Festival May 17 – 19, 2019.

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