Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities
Cascades Raptor Center:Family Nature Discovery Day: All About Owls
Saturday, July 6, 11 am - 3 pm
Families are invited to see live owls, dissect owl pellets, and create pine cone owls! Cascades Raptor Center, 32275 Fox Hollow Road, Eugene $2 activity fee plus general admission
FMI: CascadesRaptorCenter.org or 541.485.1320
Grassroots Garden: Pollinator Walk
Saturday, July 13, 10 am - 11 am
Master Gardeners and others will lead participants through Grassroots Garden, where they see which plants native bees favor, and learn how to attract them to their gardens. Adults and children ages 6 and older are welcome. Free. Space is limited so please email Sara if you plan to attend. Grassroots Garden, 1465 Coburg Rd. Eugene.
FMI: Sara van Dyck, email@example.com
Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Butterflies and Dragonflies Walk
Saturday July 13, 11 am - 1 pm
Join nature guide Dave Hagen on this gentle meadow walk, where families can discover a diversity of butterflies and dragonflies. Nets and bug boxes are provided to offer a closer look. Co-sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association-Oregon Chapter. Meet at the Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $8 per family, $5 individual, members free.
FMI: mountpisgaharboretum.org or 541.741.4110
Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Bird Walk
Sunday July 14, 8 am - 11 am
Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for their monthly bird walk intended for people with all levels of birding experience. They’ll use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues to ID summer breeders and year-round residents. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue the walk until noon. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.
Nearby Nature--Citizen Science Saturday: Butterflies & Beyond
Saturday, July 20, 1 pm - 3 pm
Join in community science investigations, including data collection, observations, photography, and more. The focus will be meadow insect life! Events open to all, but targeted to adults. Members free, non-members $5.
Pre-register at 541.687.9699 or campscui.active.com/orgs/NearbyNature
Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Medicinal Herbs Walk
Saturday July 27, 10 am - noon
Join herbalist Sue Sierralupe on a short stroll along the Arboretum’s river path, identifying local species, and discussing the medicinal properties of plants. Senior-friendly terrain, with no elevation gain and resting spots included. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.
FMI: mtpisgaharboretum.org or 541.741.4110
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