Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities
Coast Fork Birders--Bikes to Blooms Wildflower Event, Morning Bird Walk
Saturday, May 11, 8 am-10 am
On International Migratory Bird Day, Bikes to Blooms features activities for families and nature enthusiasts, including guided wildflower walks, stewardship opportunities, educational booths hosted by local organizations, and a morning bird walk at 8 am. Gather at Bake Stewart Park, on the eastern end of Dorena Reservoir in Cottage Grove.
FMI: facebook.com/events/1975390612755900/ or 541.767.9717
Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Bird Walk
Sunday, May 12, 8 am-11 am
Joni Dawning and Julia Siporin lead this monthly bird walk intended for people with all levels of birding experience. They’ll use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of spring migrants and year-round residents. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue the walk until noon for those who are interested. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.
FMI: mountpisgaharboretum.org or 541.741.4110
Nearby Nature--Green Start Play Day: Mighty Mamas
Tuesday, May 14, 10 am-11:30 am
Celebrating moms in nature, participants will explore nests and eggs, learning about local animal babies and the mothers who raise them. For kids 5 and under only, with an adult.
Rain or shine! Members free, non-members $5. Pre-register nearbynature.org/events/or call 541.687.9699.
Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Wildflower and Music Festival
Sunday, May 19, 10 am-5 pm
Hundreds of local wildflower species on display, live music, nature walks, Art in Nature Trail, kids’ activities, a plant sale, food booths, and local arts and craft vendors. Cosponsored by LCC and the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Free parking. Suggested donation $10, Arboretum members free.
Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC) - Eugene Birders’ Night: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
Monday, May 20, 7 p.m.
Kit Larsen and Dennis Arendt will show photos and videos from their trip to Central Columbia, where the Andes mountains split into three ranges with ecologically diverse habitats. Their group saw more than 400 species, including often secretive antpittas and 55 species of hummingbirds.
Location: Historic McNail-Riley house, 601 W 13th Ave, Eugene, at the NW corner of W. 13th and Jefferson St., by the former Lincoln School. Park in the five spaces closest to the McNail-Riley house, or across 13th in the fairgrounds parking lot. All are welcome to attend this free monthly event.
UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History--Peregrine Exhibit Opening Weekend
Friday, May 31, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
LCAS members are invited to the exhibit preview reception, Friday, May 31, 5:30-7:30 pm. Grand opening weekend for the general public is Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 11 am-5 pm. The exhibit will be on display through September 29, at 1680 E. 15th Ave., Eugene. After the opening reception, fees vary. Check the website.
FMI: natural-history.uoregon.edu/exhibits or 541.346.3024
Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Bee Identification Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, June 1st and June 2nd, 9am-3pm
More than 500 bee species may be native to Oregon, but many of them are poorly known. Better understanding the bees in our region will require more people able to identify them. Join August Jackson, Interpretation Coordinator at Mount Pisgah Arboretum and author of The Bees of the Willamette Valley, for a two-day crash course on bee identification held in partnership with Lane Community College. The class will focus on identification to genus, and participants will leave with the knowledge and skills to identify most of the 30 bee genera that can be found in the Willamette Valley. Most of the class will be spent viewing specimens through microscopes and utilizing an illustrated key. No prior experience with bees, microscopes, or keys necessary. Arboretum members $70, non-members $80.
Pre-registration required. To register call 541-747-3817 or go to: http://www.mountpisgaharboretum.com/workshop-registration
Bee City and Bee Campus
Sunday, June 9, 10 am- 3 pm
All ages and experience levels are invited to join the bee celebration at Alton Baker Park. Various activities throughout the day include a bee survey, pollinator information, a bike tour, a native plant tour, food booths, vendors, crafts, and kid’s activities. LCAS is one of the sponsors.
FMI: our webpage: laneaudubon.org, or the LCAS Facebook page.
Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Bird Walk
Sunday, June 9th, 8am-11am
Join Julia Siporin for another monthly bird walk intended for people with all levels of birding experience. We’ll use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of our spring migrants and year-round residents. Come discover the Arboretum’s avian diversity. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue the walk until noon for those who are interested. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, Members FREE.
Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Dragonfly Walk
Saturday, June 29th, 11am-1pm
Join local experts and authors of "Dragonflies and Damselflies of Oregon", Cary Kerst and Steve Gordon, on a search for some of the many dragonflies and damselflies which call Mount Pisgah home. Explore varied habitats in search of different species, and learn about the ecology of these skilled hunters. Rain or Shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. $5, Members FREE.
June 19-August 30
Week-long, nature-focused summer daycamps for kids, ages 3-13, clustered in 5 age groups.
FMI: nearbynature.org/daycamps or 541.687.9699