Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Mushroom Walk
Mt Pisgah Arboretum, Saturday, December 7, 10 am-noon

It might still be mushroom season! Take a walk through the Arboretum’s forested trails with experienced mycologists Chris Melotti and Molly Widmer of the Cascade Mycological Society, and hunt for these fascinating fungi. Discuss identification, habitat, characteristics, natural history, and the role of fungi within an ecosystem. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.

 FMI: mountpisgaharboretum.com or 541.747.3817

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

Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning will lead another monthly bird walk intended for people with all levels of birding experience. They’ll demonstrate how to use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification. 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.

FMI: mountpisgaharboretum.com or 541.747.3817

Green Start Play Day: Cozy Critters
Nearby Nature,Tuesday, December 10, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Enjoy outdoor nature play in Learnscape plus toddler and pre-school activities and stories. This month we look at about how critters stay warm in winter. Rain or shine! Kids 5 and under only, with an adult. Alton Baker Park. Members free, non-members $5/family. Pre-register nearbynature.org or call 541-687-9699, ext 101. 

Tufted Puffins in a Dynamic Landscape
Eugene Natural History Society, Friday, December 13, 7:30 pm

Scott Pearson will give an overview of tufted puffin natural history, conservation status, population threats, potential conservation actions, ongoing research, and research needs. He is a senior research scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, where his research focuses primarily on shorebirds and seabirds of conservation concern. This talk is cosponsored by the Lane County Audubon Society.

Location: 100 Willamette Hall on the UO campus. 

FMI: blogs.uoregon.edu/enhsuoregon/speaker-list/

Birding Northcentral India’s National Parks
Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC) 
Eugene Birders’ Night
Monday, December 16, 7 pm

UO Biology Professor Emeritus Bitty Roy and Michael Wherley will take participants on a tour of four national parks and a few places between, such as the lovely park around the Taj Mahal. All are welcome to attend this free monthly event. 

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 M-R house, or across 13th in the fairgrounds parking lot. 

FMI: ellencantor@gmail.com

Bird Walk, Mt Pisgah Arboretum
Sunday, January 12, 8:30 am-11 am

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for another monthly bird walk intended for people with all levels of birding experience. They’ll demonstrate using vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification. 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.

FMI: mountpisgaharboretum.com or 541.747.3817

Heartening Encouragement for Earth’s Weary Lovers
Eugene Natural History Society
Friday, January 17, 7:30 pm

These are hard times for naturalists, birders, hikers, children, and all of us who love the Earth and its wild creatures. With drawings and essays from her new collaboration with Canadian humorist and artist Bob Haverluck, Kathleen Dean Moore will remind us of why we work so hard for the sake of the planet and why we must continue. Moore is a philosopher, climate activist, and writer from Oregon State University. She travels widely to speak about the moral urgency of climate action and perform with the music/spoken word collaboration, “The Extinction Variations (Meadowlarks).”

Location: 100 Willamette Hall on the UO campus. 

FMI: blogs.uoregon.edu/enhsuoregon/speaker-list/

Eugene Birders’ Night, Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC)
Monday, January 21, 7 pm

Attendees will share recent bird sightings and discuss birding-related topics. All are welcome to attend this free monthly event.

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 M-R house, or across 13th in the fairgrounds parking lot. 

FMI: ellencantor@gmail.com

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