Oregon Wild has some pretty cool friends! (even in Eugene)
This photo of a Clackamas Kayaker was taken by Oregon Wild's first Wild Wednesday Speaker - Pete Giordano
As part of an introduction exercise at the Center for Earth Leadership, I was once asked to talk about “a time when you feel connected with other people”. I answered that I feel most connected to others when I meet them out on the trail. People in the wilderness always seem happy.
Though they might be strangers, if you come across someone miles away from a trailhead, you know they likely value a lot of the same things as you - and I always imagine they have some pretty great stories to tell.
Here at Oregon Wild, we get to know a lot of great people. Though most of our meetings happen off-trail, we do know that our supporters value many of the same things as us.
So, in 2006, hoping that all our cool friends could start connecting with one another, Christine Caurant and Emily Lethnstrom organized our first ever Wild Wednesday.
About 50 of folks came to the Lucky Lab brew pub in Southeast Portland to meet Pete Giordano. Pete is the editor of “Soggy Sneakers”, a whitewater guide, and kayaking enthusiast. He talked about “Kayaking Steep Creeks around Mount Hood”, shared some pretty crazy photos of kayaking Roaring River during spring floods, and of course told some great stories!
At that time we also asked for your support on our Mount Hood Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Campaign.
A few things have changed since then.
We’ve also outgrown the Lucky Lab. Last week we had our biggest Wild Wednesday yet at Roots Brewery! Oregon legend Bill Sullivan shared hiking secrets with 130 or so of our closest friends. Bill’s a great person to hear from – he’s a 5th generation Oregonian who has hiked every public trail in Oregon!
It was also a nice opportunity to come full circle on Mount Hood & Roaring River. Last week’s event was a celebration of sorts. Bill talked about his new book – “An Atlas of Oregon Wilderness”. He had to update the book earlier this year to include 202,000 acres of new wilderness and 90 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers that included protections for the Roaring River and Mount Hood.
We couldn’t have done it without our dedicated members and supporters! So thank you!
Though most of our staff is here in Portland, we’ve got cool friends all over the state, so I’m pleased to tell you that Wild Wednesday is expanding!
This coming Wednesday, we’ll follow through on an overdue promise and hold our first Eugene Wild Wednesday! We’ll be introducing our friends to the great folks of the Cascade Raptor Center and their friend – Chenoa, a Northern Spotted owl. They’ll share stories of rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing hundreds of our most charismatic birds like Chenoa back into the wild.
Wild Wednesday will continue to happen quarterly in Portland and, now, in Eugene. We’ve got some pretty exciting speakers in the pipeline, so stay tuned to the website, and make sure you’re signed up for our e-alert list so you’re the first to know.
We’re also looking forward to turning our eyes eastward and trying to get Wild Wednesday off the ground in Bend one of these days as well!
We hope we’ll connect with you on the trail or at Roots or at Davis' soon!