John Scharff Migratory Bird Festival
April 9–12, Burns, OR
Spend an amazing weekend witnessing the spectacular spring migration in the Harney Basin of Southeast Oregon. View thousands of migratory birds as they rest and feed in the wide-open spaces of Oregon’s high desert.
FMI: www.migratorybirdfestival.com, 855.438.8625
Olympic Peninsula BirdFest
Participate in guided field trips, a boat cruise in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a silent auction, and a gala banquet.
Southern Willamette Ornithological Club
Monday, April 13, 7:00 p.m.
Eugene Birders Night
Horsefly Lookout with Maitreya
Everyone is welcome to attend these monthly meetings. After initial introductions, we’ll share recent sightings and discuss birding-connected topics. Then Maitreya will present photos from his work as a lookout on Horsefly Lookout in south central Oregon. He will discuss the 105 species of birds that were found on Horsefly Mountain in 2014, as well as some of the unusual local flora.
Meet at the McNail-Riley house, 601 West 13th Avenue, Eugene (NW corner of 13th and Jefferson). The parking area, located immediately west of the house, can be accessed from Jefferson via the driveway located just north of the house.
Free. FMI: ellencantor (at) gmail.com
North American Butterfly Association
Monday, April 13, 2015, Refreshments 7:00 p.m., presentation 7:30 p.m.
The Eugene Garden Club at 1645 High St.
Monarch Waystations: A Milkweed Railroad along Migration Routes with Tom Landis.
Tom Landis, a retired forester, will present an in-depth look at how to create monarch waystations—specialized pollinator gardens that link up to create a “milkweed railroad” along the monarch butterfly migration route.
Free. FMI: 541.344.7630
Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival
April 15–21, Arcata, CA
Observe the bird species and wildlife of the Redwood Coast through field trips, lectures, workshops, and boat excursions led by experienced local guides.
Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN)
Saturday, April 11, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Family Exploration Day at Meadowlark Prairie
Meet at the parking area on Greenhill Road, north of West 11th Ave. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. WREN will provide exploration packs and binoculars.
Tuesday, April 14, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Wetland Wander at Wild Iris Ridge
Park on Bailey View Drive in Eugene and walk to the end of the street to meet our group at the entrance. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. WREN will provide binoculars.
Free. FMI: 541.338.7047, info (at) wewetlands.org
Mount Pisgah Arboretum
Sunday, April 5, 8:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Spring Bird Walk
Join Nature Guides Chris Roth and Julia Siporin for another monthly bird walk intended for people with all levels of birding experience. Please bring binoculars. Rain or shine.
Sunday, April 12, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Pollination Ecology Walk
Join Arboretum Assistant Site Manager August Jackson for a tour of the Arboretum’s wildflowers and their pollinators. Learn the foraging and nesting habits of common native bees, and meet a cartoonish bumblebee-mimic fly that finds a home on Mount Pisgah’s prairies.
Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Join local ecologists Peg Boulay and Bruce Newhouse in enjoying April wildflowers at the Arboretum. Rain or shine. Co-sponsored with NPSO.
$5, Members free. All events begin at the Arboretum visitor Center. FMI: 541.747.1504,
Mountain Bird Festival
May 29–31, Ashland, OR
Registration is open for the second annual Mountain Bird Festival. This event is hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory in partnership with several Ashland-area organizations. Participate in guided bird walks, attend keynote presentations, a fine-art auction, cocktail parties, and enjoy live music, local foods, and a feel-good community atmosphere. Registration required.
FMI: www.klamathbird.org, 541.201.0866