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Talk at Crooked River Ranch is a 'Plea for Nature' in increasingly urban disconnected society.

The Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area will hold a talk, "Nature Through the Looking Glass: The Urgency of Nature Study," from 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Juniper Room at Crooked River Ranch.

The event is presented by Dr. Jerry Freilich, who is an aquatic ecologist and spent 25 years working for the National Park Service in six parks nationwide. He was chief of research at Olympic National Park from 2002 until his retirement and move to Bend in 2015.

"The world is crowded with people, and our numbers are growing fast. When Jerry began teaching, there were 3 billion people on earth, and today there are more than 7 billion," a news release said. "We are also increasingly urban, which leads to increasing separation from the natural world. Yet every molecule of air we breathe and every crumb of food we eat comes from that natural world and ecosystem services."

"There are several reasons for our disconnection from nature, so bucking this tide is not easy. This talk is a plea for nature and how concerned citizens can enlighten themselves and spread the word to others," the release said.

There is no cost for the talk for members of Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area; the cost for nonmembers is $3 at the door. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information, call 541-771-3267.


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