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Hells Bells, April 2018
May 4, 2018, 5:30 p.m. @ The Evergreen, Portland, OR
We are less than two weeks away from our Hellraiser, and everything is falling into place. Wine has been picked up from Coleman, Cooper Mountain, Elk Cove, Eyrie, Kramer, and Stag Hollow vineyards. (Have we mentioned we serve good wine?) The Sceptre Brothers are finalizing their set list, and we have finalized our amazing auction packages! (Can't attend but still want your shot at winning a vacation? Check out our Golden Raffle.)
We still have some tickets available. If you've been to one of our events before and loved it, or have never been but are curious, what are you waiting for?
Who Said Conservationists Can't Be Adorable?
How do you restore native plants and have fun at the same time? By playing in the mud, of course! At a recent event to restore native plants in the Grande Ronde Valley, students from Oak Haven School created “seed balls,” and then threw them out to sprout in the spring rains. The students were helping with a project to restore the native plant community at the edge of La Grande in Gangloff Park. The William Cusick Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon coordinates the ongoing restoration efforts in the park, and botanist Susan Geer directed the young students as they created the seed balls and planted them throughout the park.
The nine young students were assisted by parents, grandparents, and volunteers from GHCC. Restoration Director Brian Kelly worked with Dr. Ruth Davenport of Oak Haven School and Susan Geer of the Native Plant Society to coordinate the event.
We look forward to seeing the native plant seeds sprout and grow!   
Upcoming Happenings
There is a bevy of noteworthy happenings in the near future. Take a look:
May 4: Hellraiser. 'Nuff said.
May 5: Artifacts and Tales of the Trail. A Celebration of the Oregon Trail will be brought to La Grande May 5 by the Oregon/California Trails Association.  The story of Ezra Meeker's extraordinary efforts to preserve the trail will be recounted by "Ezra" himself, along with actors narrating trail experiences and reading diary quotes from early travelers. Maps for visiting nearby Oregon Trail sites will be available, with a video of hikes and current information about efforts to preserve the trail. $15, includes lunch and live music. Join the celebration this Saturday at Huber Auditorium, Badgely Hall, EOU, 9:00 - 3:00, and learn more here.
May 9 - 11: Environmental Justice, Race, and Public Lands Symposium. This interesting symposium will be held at the University of Oregon, and will focus on issues of equity and environmental justice on public lands. The event will bring together practitioners engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion work throughout the Pacific Northwest with scholars focused on race, environmental justice, and/or Indigeneity as they relate to public lands. GHCC is a community co-sponsor of the symposium and is committed to addressing equity, inclusion, and diversity as they relate to our public lands and conservation work.
May 10: Heather Swan reading. Eastern Oregon University's Ars Poetica will host writer, artist, and environmental researcher Dr. Heather Swan on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande. Swan will read from her collection of non-fiction, “Where the Bees Thrive: Stories from the Field.” Her reading is free to the public and is co-sponsored by GHCC and others. You can find all of the details here.
May 18: Endangered Species Day. The Endangered Species Act is under attack. May 18th is the 13th annual Endangered Species Day; find or host an event near you or learn more here.
June 18: Application Deadline for The Wild Is Calling Art Exhibit. The show will run mid-July through mid-September in Baker City, OR, and will feature art of all media types. It is being held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Find out more here.

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GHCC works to connect, protect, and restore an extraordinarily diverse and beautiful wild area and its native inhabitants in the Northwest.  Your support makes our work possible.  Thank you!
~ Darilyn Parry Brown, Executive Director 
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Interesting Bits
  • Do you consider yourself an excellent navigator? Well, you aren't, at least not compared to a loggerhead sea turtle. "After swimming for years in a giant loop from nesting grounds in North Carolina and Florida to North Africa, the turtles find their way back to nest on beaches within about 40 to 50 miles of where they were born... The turtles can perceive both the magnetic field’s intensity and its inclination angle, the angle that the field lines make with respect to the Earth’s surface, earlier research has shown."
  • We all known a social parasite or two, but perhaps none as evolutionarily interesting as the rove beetle. This video shows how the rove beetle went through the same evolutionary process in twelve separate lineages to disguise itself as a termite or ant. It's also a nice piece on how the passions of youngsters can turn into lifelong study.
Sponsor of the Month:
Thank you to the Wilburforce Foundation for supporting our conservation work!
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We're always looking for a few things. Your donation is tax deductible, and helps us save time and money. Thank you!
  • Refrigerator--please, please someone heed our plea! 
  • Air purifier
  • 1st class stamps
  • Postcard stamps
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