Terry R. Steele – Photonaturalist

UPDATE: 2/05/2017: There is no mistaking that since the Occupation of Malheur Refuge last year, our public lands, managed by the USFS and BLM agencies, are under attack. There are those who would take local control of them with the intent to sell, buy, trade or use them as they choose. Right now there are bills submitted to Congress to limit and/or deny the public’s right to influence policies for public lands. Don’t let this happen. Protect public lands by standing in support of the agencies who manage them on our behalf.

UPDATE – 2/28/2016: We are personally being profiled on anti-government militia websites and Facebook pages as puppets of federal agencies because we are against the movement to privatize public lands. We are not employees of any federal agencies. Our only contract with USFS was related to wildfire work. (We lost over 110,000 acres in our county in 2015. We worked on that fire.)

We are among the broad collection of non-government groups who denounce the Malheur refuge takeover, and we believe in keeping public lands public. That’s it!

Read the opinions of the wide and varied groups who have strong feelings on this matter. Education means to look at everyone’s opinion. Not just your own perspective. If you are capable of opening your mind, read on. You (and I) may not agree with some of it or much of it, but all of it will put your own beliefs in perspective and maybe we can all learn something. That’s hard work. Up to it?

Statement on Armed Takeover of Oregon National Wildlife Refuge– Center for Western Priorities

Protecting Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is conservative – Martha Marks, Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

Going to Extremes, – Center for Western Priorities.

Wilderness Society Statement on Public Lands Standoff in Oregon – the Wilderness Society

New Poll: Both Rural and Urban Westerners Oppose States Taking Over Our American Lands  – Center for Western Priorities

Armed Takeover of Refuge Wrong-headed– Trout Unlimited

CRS Applauds Bundy Arrests and End of Refuge Takeover – Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship (the post also includes links to several op-eds written by CRS staff and volunteers)

This is Why Most Western Ranchers Won’t Support States Seizing U.S. Public Lands – Center for Western Priorities

NMWF’s Leahy: Land-grab proponents attacking American principles – New Mexico Wildlife Federation

Here’s Why Western Ranchers Are Paying Their Grazing Fees – Center for Western Priorities

A Message from Santa Fe – Trout Unlimited

Our Public Wild-Lands Under Attack – Jim Taylor, Arkansas Wildlife Federation

Across the West, Citizens Stand Up and Rally Against the Bundy Land Seizure Agenda – Center for Western Priorities

Get the Flock Outta Our Refuge – Ted Williams, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers

Five Facts About Westerners’ Opinions on Land Management and the Economics of Public Lands – Center for Western Priorities

Oregon Refuge Standoff Spotlights Special Interest Campaign to Sell Off, Privatize Public Lands – The Wilderness Society

Explainer: The Influence of County Supremacy Doctrine in the Oregon Standoff – Center for Western Priorities

Support Malheur and America’s Wildlife Refuges: Buy a Duck Stamp! – National Wildlife Federation

Make a statement against grab for public lands – Northwest Steelheaders

Op-ed: Federal lands transfer would be a blow to Utah’s recreation economy – Outdoor Industry

Fact: The American West Loves Public Lands – The Wilderness Society


TERRY STEELETerry is a fifth generation eastern Oregonian who spent most of his early life in the shadows of the Strawberry Mountains and the nearby high desert. The skills acquired as an outdoorsman have yielded the intimate images of western wildlife for which he has become well known throughout Oregon. He grew up in a world dependent upon natural resources for a living. As that world changed, he became interested in the non-consumptive value of those resources as well. Today, Terry brings insight and realistic understanding of the wild places and creatures he cherishes.


Terry is known for his folksy, entertaining, educational and artistic wildlife slide shows. He has been an invited presenter to chapters of The Audubon Society, the High Desert Museum, the Newport Performing Arts Center Celebration, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge John Scharff Festival, Eugene Natural History Society, Oregon Natural Desert Association and numerous community and outdoor groups throughout Oregon.  He has been a featured presenter at “Davinci Days,” celebrated at Oregon State University (sponsored by OSU College of Science, the City of Corvallis, Hewlett Packard and CH2M Hill). He has been the featured speaker for Central Oregon Flyfishers Annual Banquet and the “Birding and Blues Festival” sponsored by USFS and Pacific City, Oregon.


High profile animals and scenes of the Northwest are well represented in his portfolio, but Terry Steele is distinguished from other fine photographers by his artistic capture of exotic and less known birds, amphibians, reptiles and other rare mammals. For over fifty years, Terry has witnessed changes in wildlife populations and increasing negative human impact on wildlife. He hopes to inspire people from all walks of life to consider the struggles of creatures to survive as wild places continue to vanish.


Comments regarding the slide presentations of Terry R. Steele

 “His intimate knowledge of the region’s wildlife has been developed over a lifetime of close and loving observation, and he has a truly unique gift for transmitting that knowledge, in the field and through his outstanding slide presentations.”                  

David and Diana Lett, Eyrie Vineyards, Dundee, Oregon.

“He had such a rare ability to share his love and understanding of creatures…and the beautiful, professional photos to go with it. I’ve seen many nature shows, and can honestly say that I never enjoyed any more than his (Terry Steele).”      

Sherry C. Nelson, Master Teacher, The Magic Brush, Portal, Arizona

“Terry is unusual in today’s world. He is largely self-educated and has increased his understanding of the world by living in it, … his photographs of animals and landscapes of Oregon and the Great Basin are exceptionally fine… we have grown to like and respect this remarkable man.”

Dr. Robert Bacon, City of Cannon Beach, Oregon

“Terry Steele presents a most realistic, balanced wildlife program. He’s not apologetic about responsible consumptive use of wildlife, nor afraid to raise concerns about the survival of wild populations of animals and the need for protecting their vanishing habitats. That’s admirable. But most of all, he’s one of “the greats” among nature photographers and presenters… a real treat no matter what your bias.” 

review on Terry Steele’s featured presentation for the Oregon State University College of Science Lecture Series.