An Incredible Friend Remembered

Written by Gary Ivey

To Commemorate a great Friend, Cal Elshoff (1928 – 2021)

Cal Elshoff left this world in late March. He was married to Alice, for 62 years. Cal spent his career as a biology teacher and maintained friendships with many of his students. After retirement, he spent about 12 years as a Malheur Refuge volunteer and has been a member of Friends of Malheur Refuge since we founded in 1999. His wife, Alice, continues to serve as Vice-President of the FOMR Board.

Cal loved nature! He fished, hunted, birded, and he loved natural things. He was a regular volunteer on our Friends work parties, accomplishing many things, including removing unnecessary wildlife-threatening barb wire from the refuge, cleaning up the local refuge highway, installing refuge signage, maintaining trails and landscaping. After moving back to Bend, Cal also became an active volunteer at a local golf course where he took initiative to install bird houses.

If you knew Cal and have a memory of of him, please share it with us so that we may all celebrate the impact he had on our lives. We will miss Cal deeply and know that if he touched your lives, you will too.

Alice’s wishes are that any contributions towards Cal’s memory be made to a conservation group of your choice, or to Partners In Care, a Bend Hospice group.

2021 Youth Art Contest

Virtual Gallery for the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival

Text is an excerpt from the article in the 4.21.2021 issue of the Burns Times Herald

Each year, the bird festival’s membership dues and the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge fundraising efforts support the AiR program, that ultimate reaches every elementary school classroom in Harney County!

In addition to the AiR program, the festival hosts a Youth Wildlife Art Contest which encourages students in kindergarten through high school to create a unique art entry for competition. Students are provided an opportunity to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity, interdependence, and beauty of wildlife.

This year, a total of 50 entries were submitted for the contest.

“The artwork submitted portray native North American bird species most likely to be seen in Harney County,” said Carey Goss from Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The contest was judged in four grade-level categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. First, second, and third place entries were selected from each group by a voting process within the bird festival committee, local government, and non-profit groups, using elements of art such as visual components of color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value. Scholarships were awarded to the 12 winning artists, including a $100 gift certificate for each first place finisher.