Thanks to the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) and trip coordinator Sam Frank who managed to successfully herd 14 or so of us cats mid-September on a mapping and data-collecting expedition in the Owyhee Canyonlands area of southeastern Oregon. (in photo, left to right: ONDA volunteers Ellen Waterston, Richard Mayes, Douglas Vincent.) The goal is to get a big chunk of land protected that would include both the big and little Owyhee canyons. Amazing, wild country. I will be in Washington, D.C. on October 12 and look forward to advocating for the protection of this vast and unique area. For more information about ONDA’s efforts, please visit www.onda.org.