Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Bird Walk
Sunday, September 9, 8 a.m. -11 a.m. 

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for their monthly bird walk. People at all levels of birding experience can find something to enjoy. They’ll use vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues for identification of the Arboretum’s diverse breeding 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:  or 541.741.4110

Nearby Nature - Fall Volunteer Info Session
Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Want to help connect kids and nature? Love spending time outdoors? Learn all about leading school nature walks in Alton Baker Park, as well as other Nearby Nature volunteer opportunities. No experience needed—training provided. Eugene Public Library, Singer Room (second floor)

FMI:,, or 541.687.9699

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Late Summer Wildflowers
September 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join Arboretum Interpretation Coordinator August Jackson for a tour of the amazing diversity of wildflowers that wait to bloom until the end of summer. Participants will take a walk along a wet prairie, then down to the river to see emergent vegetation in bloom. They will also look at which insects pollinate these late-season flowers. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.

FMI:   or 541.741.4110

Native Plant Society of Oregon - Program: Rare, Threatened and Endangered Plants of Lane County
Monday, September 17, 7 p.m.

Charlene Simpson, a founding member of Emerald Chapter and retired co-chair of the Rare and Endangered Committee, uses a slide show to tell us stories of Lane County species losses, gains, and near misses. Charlene illustrates her program with images from her photo library accumulated over 45 years.

Amazon Community Center, 2700 Hilyard St.

FMI:,, or 541.232.4706.

Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC) - Eugene Birders’ Night
Sichuan province in Southwest China
Monday, September 17, 7 p.m.

After attendees share recent sightings and discuss birding-related topics, then Sarah Smith de Vasconcellos will give a presentation on her birding trip to Sichuan province in Southwest China. The main focus of her attention was a host of endemic and specialty birds, but she also enjoyed seeing Giant Pandas and spectacular mountain scenery. Highlights included special pheasants such as Golden and Lady Amherst’s that are common in aviaries but much more exciting in the wild! She also visited the Tibetan Plateau, where Black-necked Cranes were surprisingly common. 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:

Lane County Waste Management - Plastic Recycling Collection Event
Sunday, September 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Feeling despair at the rollbacks in recycling options? Some relief is in sight. Lane County Waste Management and partners are hosting a free, plastic recycling collection for plastic containers that have recently been dropped from residential recycling. They will collect #2, #4 and #5 (Polyethylene and Polypropylene) tubs, jugs, bottles, lids and beverage handles. All materials must be clean, clearly stamped with a plastic resin code (number inside chasing arrow) #2, #4 or #5 and sorted by number and shape. Plastics will be delivered directly to Denton Plastics, a local recycling plant that does not have a wash line. Unsorted, dirty, greasy, unmarked or incorrect materials will NOT be accepted.
FMI:, or 541.682.2059


Ongoing through October: 

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, or 541.683.6229