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The Remarkable Clouds over Oregon's High Desert

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Oregon Natural Desert Association’s High Desert Speaker Series kicks off at the Tower Theatre with author Maria Mudd Ruth’s tour of clouds in Oregon’s high desert and the wide-open, wild landscapes that make for spectacular cloud viewing. Learn what makes the clouds so dynamic, so varied, and so universally appealing. What are clouds made of? Is there an easy way to learn their confusing Latin names? How can you enjoy the clouds in a new light on your next high desert adventure? Jeremy Austin, ONDA’s Policy Manager, will illuminate why Oregon’s high desert provides unparalleled opportunities to view clouds, and how these clouds are part of a water system that supports life from the banks of desert rivers to the sagebrush steppe.

About the speaker: Maria Mudd Ruth is the author of more than a dozen natural history books including “Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet.” Her latest book, “A Sideways Look at Clouds” (Mountaineers Books, September 2017) is a work of narrative nonfiction that blends science, wonder and humor to take lay readers on the scenic route through the clouds.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m. For more details about this and other events in the series, visit

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