FANs volunteers, in August 2017, obliterated offensive graffiti painted on rocks on BLM land near Crooked River Ranch. The natural beauty of this area is again restored.
In May 2017, volunteers weeded around newly emerged showy milkweed (planted in the fall) and placed a vexar tube around individual plants to protect them. We hope to see monarch butterflies at these Monarch Way Stations next year!
To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2017, fifty-four energetic volunteers worked together to pick up trash, pull weeds, remove graffiti, and restore Steelhead Falls Trail.
Carrie Gordon presented findings about our local geology to an audience of more than 140 people in March 2017. The Crooked River Caldera was recently discovered during a mapping study of the area.
In January 2017, Jerry Freilich showed a captive audience of more than 50 people that the web of life in a river is incredibly complex and can be difficult for the human eye to appreciate because the organisms are so small and largely hidden from our view.
In November 2016, Simon Wray shared the mythology and ecology of the Great Basin Rattlesnake, the Western Rattlesnake subspecies found in the Deschutes Canyon Area. The captive audience of more than sixty walked away with a greater appreciation for this often misunderstood species.
In late October and early November 2016, FANs Volunteers planted showy milkweed, a native plant in the genus Asclepias, the only plants on which monarchs will lay eggs.
FANs Volunteers removed graffiti on the canyon walls near Steelhead Falls Trail in October 2016.
Upcoming Events and Projects
Celebrate National Public Lands Day!
September 30, 2017:
Monarch Waystation restoration work followed by
a guided hike at Steelhead Falls Loop Trail
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
FANs is teaming up with Monarch Advocates of Central Oregon and Great Old Broads for Wilderness to celebrate National Public Lands Day with a morning of restoration work at the Monarch Waystations near Steelhead Falls followed by a guided hike on Steelhead Falls Loop Trail.
CLICK HERE to sign up or learn more about this event.
Join Our Last Guided Hike of the Season!
Registration opens one month before hike. If a hike is full, sign up on our wait list, and if a hiker cancels, we will notify you that a space is available.
October 6, 2017:
Middle Deschutes Autumn Colors Guided Photography Hike
Hike Leaders: Tom Iraci and Marilynne Keyser
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE to sign up or learn more about this hike.
FANs 2017-2018 Lecture Series
Kicks Off in October!
Habitat use of a Common Bat Species
in Juniper Woodland of Central Oregon
Presented by Christopher “Digger” Anthony
Friday, October 20, 7:00 p.m.
The Juniper Room at Crooked River Ranch
Registration is required and opens on September 20. Check back then to reserve seats.
A Year in the Lives of North American Owls
Presented by Paul Bannick
Friday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.
Ranch Chapel at Crooked River Ranch
Registration is required and opens on October 10. Check back then to reserve seats.
Tom Iraci, photographer and FANs board member, created a slideshow titled "Beauty in the Canyons," featuring images from the Deschutes Canyon Area. Click the blue button below to view this spectacular slideshow.
Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area
P.O. Box 2127, Terrebonne, OR 97760