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February Nature Night
February 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Oregon spotted frog is a small amphibian that is currently having a large impact on Central Oregon. Join biologist and spotted frog expert Jay Bowerman to learn more about this native frog and its habitat. Jay will shed light on the spotted frog’s life history, ecological needs, abilities, and the challenges it face of habitat loss, invasive species, and an uncertain political climate. Jay has been observing the species in Sunriver for more than 40 years, and more recently added study sites in and near Bend.
***This event is free, but registration is required. Registration opens 1 month prior to the event.***
Jay Bowerman holds a M.S. in biology from University of Oregon where he studied salamander chromosomes. After 20 years as the executive director of the Sunriver Nature Center, Jay has returned to biological research that focuses on amphibian ecology. He is the author of more than twenty journal papers ranging from amphibian deformities to leeches. In recent years Jay has focused on mentoring young scientists while continuing studies of western toads, Oregon spotted frogs, and the impact of introduced species, especially bullfrogs, on native amphibians. In his spare time Jay and his wife Teresa stay involved in a variety of local cultural events such as the Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival and the Hoedown for Hunger at Bend’s Community Center. Most recently they have been learning to be grandparents.