Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Reptiles and Amphibians Walk

Saturday May 12, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Join Tom Titus, local biologist and author, on an exploration of the reptiles and amphibians that make their home on Mount Pisgah. From oak savanna to wetlands, Tom will open your eyes to these amazing creatures and hopefully capture a few to look at more closely. Ages 8 and up. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $8 per family, $5 individual, members free. 

FMI: MountPisgahArboretum.org  or 541.741.4110

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Bird Walk

Sunday, May 13, 8 a.m. -11 a.m. 

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for the monthly bird walk. It can be enjoyed by people at all levels of birding experience. They will use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of 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. $5, members free.

FMI: MountPisgahArboretum.org  or 541.741.4110
 

Mount Pisgah Wildflower and Music Festival

Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Co-sponsored by Lane Community College and the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Hundreds of local wildflower species on display, live music, hourly nature walks, Art in Nature Trail, a plant sale, food booths, and local arts and craft vendors. Suggested donation $8, Arboretum members free.


Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC)
Eugene Birders Night
 

Monday, May 21, 7 p.m.

Attendees share recent bird sightings and birding-related topics, followed by a presentation TBA. Location: Historic McNail-Riley house, 601 W 13th Ave, Eugene, at the NW corner of W. 13th and Jefferson by the former Lincoln School. Park in the five spaces closest to the M-R house, or across 13th in the fairgrounds parking lot. All are welcome to attend this free monthly event. 

FMI: ellencantor@gmail.com

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Dragonflies and Damselflies Walk

Saturday, June 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join local expert and author Cary Kerst 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.

FMIMountPisgahArboretum.org  or 541.741.4110

Upcoming Events: 

Friends of Hendricks Park
May 6, 7 a.m.

LCAS field trip coordinator Rebecca Waterman will join with the Friends of Hendricks Park for an early morning bird walk focused on identifying birds by ear.
Meet at the picnic shelter. $3 fee.

FMI: 541.653.3354 or rebecca.waterman@gmail.com 

Birding Weekend Fundraiser for PLAYA Artists in Residence Program
May 11-13

At Summer Lake, OR, with renowned ornithologist Pepper Trail

FMI: info@playasummerlake.org or 541.943.3983

8th Annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival
May 31-June 3

This popular event will be held in Sisters, Oregon from May 31-June 3.  Festival participants have a choice of 20-guided tours in search of 11 different species of woodpeckers and 200 other birds that make central Oregon a birding hot spot. Sponsored by East Cascades Audubon Society, this festival offers a fun, friendly, casual atmosphere that is all about the birds. The trips are affordable and guided by two local volunteers with the proceeds supporting the many ECAS projects and programs fostering bird conservation.

Online registration opens April 2 at 9 am PDT and more information is on the website:  http://www.ecaudubon.org/dean-hale-woodpecker-festival   You can email questions to dhwf2018@gmail.com  Trips fill quickly.


Bureau of Land Management

Late May Through October

Consider assisting the Northwest Oregon District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at its bird-banding station in the West Eugene Wetlands. Participants will help provide kids with real-world, interactive lessons about research and conservation efforts for resident and migratory bird populations. Volunteer positions include: net openers/extractors, data recorders, and conservation education leaders. Education leaders should be at least amateur birders and be excited to connect kids in grades 6-12 with nature through the joy of birds. Activities will take place near Fern Ridge Reservoir on selected Thursday and Friday mornings between the end of May and the end of October. Involves rapid walking.

FMI or: contact Wildlife Biologist John Deluca, jdeluca@blm.gov or 541.683.6229

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