Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities
Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Early Spring Bird Walk
Sunday, March 19, 8 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for a monthly bird walk intended for people with all levels of birding experience. Vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues will be used to identify winter and year-round residents. Come discover the Arboretum’s avian diversity. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue until noon for those who are interested. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. $5, members free.
FMI: 541.747.3817 or MountPisgahArboretum.org
Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC)
Eugene Birder’s Night
Monday, March 20, 7 p.m.
Birds of Southern India and Sri Lanka, with Sarah Smith de Vasconcellos
After attendees share recent bird sightings, the speaker will show slides on her experiences with the above-mentioned areas, including the remote Andaman Islands. All three areas have numerous endemics, especially owls, including the mythical Serendip Scops Owl of Sri Lanka. Photos of India’s charismatic megafauna, such as elephants and gaur (Indian Bison) will also be shown.
Location: McNail-Riley house, 601 W 13th Ave., Eugene, at the NW corner of W. 13th Ave. and Jefferson St., by the old Lincoln School. Limited parking onsite, park across 13th Ave. All are welcome to this free monthly gathering.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Aquatic Amphibians Walk
Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
Mount Pisgah has great habitats for breeding Willamette Valley amphibians. Join Tom Titus, biologist and author, for a talk and walk through our riparian areas and learn about the unique assemblage of amphibians that rely on healthy aquatic habitats for reproduction. We’ll listen for Pacific chorus frogs, watch for roughskin newts in amplexus (mating), and search for egg masses of the Northwestern salamander. Bring rubber boots. Rain or Shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. $5, members free.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Wildflower Walk
Sunday, March 26, 10 a.m.- noon
Join Arboretum site assistant and botanist Matt Groberg for an exploration of our early spring wildflowers. Learn the identification of up to 20 native wildflowers. Perfect for beginning and intermediate plant enthusiasts. Leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of the Willamette Valley’s native flora. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.
FMI: 541.741.4110 or MountPisgahArboretum.org
Olympic Peninsula BirdFest
April 7-9, 2017
Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, live auction and raffle, gala banquet, and more. The featured speaker is noted nature photographer Bonnie Block. Join the festival pre-trip: a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 4-6. Register separately at pugetsoundexpress.com/audubon. Extend your festival with a Neah Bay post-trip on April 9-11: two days exploring northwest coastal Washington.
FMI and/or to register: www.olympicbirdfest.org
North American Butterfly Association, Eugene-Springfield Chapter
Seminar on "Introduction to Local Butterflies" by Rick Ahrens
Monday, April 10, 2017
Join local naturalist Rick Ahrens for a look at the common butterflies in the Eugene / Springfield area. We’ll explore life cycles, ecology, and talk about some of the best places to look for these beautiful creatures.
Refreshments 7:00; presentation 7:30. The Eugene Garden Club at 1645 High, Eugene.
13th Annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival
April 21-23, 2017
Enjoy a children’s art activity, multiple guided field trips, paddle trips and a live bird-of-prey presentation. Presentations also include noted bird photographer Paul Bannick speaking on owls, Robert Fields on the albatross colony of Midway Atoll, and Peter Pearsall on North American deserts.
FMI or to register: 541.867.4550 or birdingandblues.org/schedule of events