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Birding at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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To join the Zoom Meeting starting at 7:00pm:

Meeting ID: 985 2105 9652

Passcode: 741005

Gina Roberti will present her program from her home near Mount St. Helens.

Birding at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

As most long-time Oregonians are aware, on May 18, 1980, a cataclysmic event occurred at Mount St. Helens. The north flank of the volcano slid off in one of the largest landslides in recorded history, unleashing a powerful eruption. It buried 230 square miles of existing old-growth forest under hundreds of feet of volcanic debris. Close to the volcano’s crater, almost no living organisms survived. Ash from the eruption blew across the United States while megatons of logs and volcanic debris clogged rivers, lakes, and streams. The eruption dramatically reshaped the landscape, creating a mosaic of habitat types that are now home to a diverse suite of birds.

clarks nutcrackerIn 1982, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was designated to protect the land closest to the volcano as a place for research, recreation, and education. Today, as home to more than 80 species of nesting birds, the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offers unique birding opportunities.

Join Gina as she guides us on a tour through the diverse mosaic of habitats created by the 1980 eruption, and learn where to see some of Mount St. Helens’ signature birds. This interactive presentation will excite and prepare you for in-person birdwatching in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Bring your questions and curiosities!

gina robertiGina Roberti is a geologist, naturalist, and educator who grew up digging quahogs and exploring the shorelines of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island amidst the ancient metamorphic rocks of the Appalachian Mountains. Since graduating from Brown University with a degree in Geology-Biology, Gina has spent several years working as a geoscience educator in various geologic regions in the western U.S. These have included the Colorado Plateau, Snake River Plain, Klamath-Siskiyou, North Cascades, and presently the active Cascade volcanic range. In each of these places she taught thousands of youth and adults about earth science in a variety of field-based and classroom settings.

Gina currently works with the Mount St. Helens Institute. She strongly believes in the power of education to inspire awareness, appreciation, and stewardship for the natural world. When Gina is not working, she can be found on long walks or cross-country skis, often in the company of birds. Contact Gina at gina.m.roberti@gmail.com.

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Date:
October 26
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7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Zoom

Program Meetings

Our monthly program meetings have something for everyone. During the last year we hosted programs by naturalists, wildlife artists and expert birders on a variety of topics from the birds of Hawaii, to ravens, wolves, and people, to the migration of red knots. Participating in a program meeting is a fun way to get involved with Lane County Audubon. Meetings are free and open to all.

We are currently meeting on Zoom on the 4th Tuesday of each month between September and May at 7:00 p.m. We’re looking forward to hosting in-person events as conditions allow.