Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Cascades Raptor Center: Family Nature Discovery Day: International Vulture Awareness Day
Saturday, September 7, 11 am - 3 pm

Come meet resident Turkey Vultures and enjoy activities highlighting the special Way of the Vulture!. $2 activity fee plus general admission. 

FMI: or 541.485.1320 

Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Bird Walk
Sunday, September 8,  8 am - 11 am

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for their monthly bird walk intended for people at all levels of birding experience. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue the walk until noon for those who wish to. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.

FMI: or 541.741.4110

Nearby Nature--Green Start Play Day: Slime Time!
Tuesday, September 10, 10 am - 1:30 pm

Kids 5 and under only, with an adult, enjoy outdoor nature play in our toddler and pre-school activities focused on slimy critters! Rain or shine! Members free, non-members $5/family. 

FMI or to preregister: or 541.687.9699, ext 2. 

Cascades Raptor Center: Night at the Raptor Center
Friday, September 13, 6 pm - 8:30 pm

Come find out what it’s like at Cascades Raptor Center after hours with Kit Lacy, Bird Curator, as she leads you through a fun night of hoots and calls from the Center’s owls. Snacks and drinks provided. $60 per person/$50 for members. Proceeds go directly to care of the birds.

FMI or to register: 541.485.1320 or online:

Mt Pisgah Arboretum--Late Summer Wildflowers Walk 
Saturday September 15, 10 am - noon

Join Arboretum Interpretation Coordinator August Jackson for a tour of the diverse wildflowers which wait to bloom until the end of summer. The walk will go along a wet prairie and down to the river, while checking out the insects pollinating these late-season flowers. Meet at the Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.

FMI: or 541.741.4110

Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC) 
Eugene Birders’ Night: Birding the Inland Northwest: an Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, and British Columbia Road Trip

Ellen Cantor presents “Birding the Inland Northwest: an Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, and British Columbia Road Trip,” sharing photos from her recent month-long journey. Attendees will discover birding hotspots throughout the areas. 

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. 



Mt Pisgah Arboretum and Creature Conserve--The Art and Science of Field Sketchbooks
Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29, 10 am-2 pm

Local illustrator and Creature Conserve art instructor Emily Poole will teach the basics of field sketching and keeping a sketchbook that suits your interests. Mount Pisgah Arboretum Interpretation Coordinator August Jackson will lead an ecological sketching tour of the Arboretum. This two-day workshop is for artists of all levels. Meet at the Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. Members $60, non-members $70. Pre-registration required. To register call 541.747.3817 or go to:


Friends of Buford Park & The Nature Conservancy: Walking Tour of the Willamette Confluence Preserve
Saturday, October 5, 9 am-noon 

During this 4-mile mostly flat walking tour, volunteer docents will lead you around the preserve, highlighting the conservation efforts, human history, and natural features.

FMI and registration link:

Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: BirdFest & Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, October 5

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem located just 20 minutes north of the greater Portland-metro area, hosting hundreds of species of birds and other wildlife. This year’s festival marks the 20th Anniversary of the event!


FMI and event schedule:

Friends of Buford Park: Photographing Birds Workshop
Sunday, October 6, 1-5 pm & Thursday October 10, 6-8 pm 

Dave Stone teaches this two-session bird-photography workshop. In session one, classroom time is followed by two hours of photographing birds at nearby Turtle Flats. Thursday’s session focuses on reviewing student photos, troubleshooting problems, and getting answers to questions. $20 Friends members/$30 non-members.

FMI and registration link: