A Healthy Self

A Healthy Self

As teens and young adults struggle more than ever with mental health issues, wilderness therapy offers a way to unplug
Instead of meeting regularly in a medical office, the clinical team at New Vision Wilderness takes things outside, facilitating group and individual therapy for young people and families year-round.

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Helping Wildlife Get By

Think Wild prepares to start taking in creatures at its rehab facility
On a Saturday and Sunday afternoon in July, the brand-new wildlife rehabilitation facility, Think Wild, east of Bend, created a traffic jam with its open house. A lot of people from Bend, Tumalo, LaPine, Sisters and Redmond came out to check out what Think Wild was all about.

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Battle at Bachelor

A premier disc golf competition, set amongst towering trees and mountain views, continues to grow
The discs will be flying during the Battle at Bachelor premier Pro Disc Golf Association event of Central Oregon Aug. 10 and 11. Hosted by the Central Oregon Disc Golf Club, at least 163 participants are registered to compete against elevation, tight fairways and towering trees as they play a specially created 18-hole course that winds through Mt. Bachelor's Nordic Trail system.

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The Hummingbird Wannabe

The tale of the moth that looks like a beloved bird
Well, good people, hummingbird moths are in season. Yes, they can fool you; some people think they're actually hummingbirds, while others don't know what they are, as evidenced by an email I received the other day with the question, "What, pray tell is this?"

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Of Pandoras and Other Moths

An outbreak of Pandora moths, when they weren't expected
By golly, this is a strange time for Pandora moths to pop out of the woodwork—er, soil. They were here in grand numbers back in 2017, and it's usually five to 10 years before they appear again.

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2019 Subaru Outside Games

Whether you're participating or spectating, there's something for everyone at this outdoor celebration
From mountain biking to bouldering, kayaking and more, the Subaru Outside Games showcases some of Central Oregon's favorite pasttimes while appreciating the beauty of the surrounding area.

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An Extraordinary Event of Summer

Tortoiseshells and other butterflies are welcome visitors in Central Oregon
Oh, boy, are we having fun! Right now, during these warm first weeks of July, the California tortoiseshell butterfly, one of the more dashing of the nymphalids, is popping out by the hundreds of thousands—if not millions —in the foothills of the Cascades, known as the Skyline Forest.

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East Trails Project Off and Running

Madras COTA chapter creating multi-use trails for just about everyone, and every skill level
The land east of Madras is sparsely covered with juniper trees, sage and other desert plants. It's great habitat if you're a sage grouse, but maybe not the best place to create a biking trail system—at least to the untrained eye.

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Trail Lovers Unite

The Deschutes Trails Coalition is partnering up to foster a future of sustainable trails in C.O.
It's a group you may not have heard of, but if you love the trails in the Deschutes National Forest—and in Central Oregon—it's a group to have on your radar.

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