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2006 Field Trips and Events

NABA members at West Eugene Wetlands.West Eugene Wetlands Field Trip, June 3, 2006

Sunday, May 21
Mt. Pisgah Wildflower Festival
To celebrate the spring, enjoy wildflowers and the plant sale - Then visit the NABA Eugene-Springfield booth to prepare yourself for butterfly adventures with our books: the Field Guide to Lane County Butterflies and Where to Find Butterflies in Lane County. Also available are handsome T-shirts with beautiful butterfly designs by Tanya Harvey.

Saturday, Saturday, June 3
Spring butterflies in the West Eugene Wetlands

Late spring is an excellent time to observe butterflies and wildflowers in the West Eugene Wetlands.  This will be a leisurely 3-hour field trip led by Eric Wold (Eugene Wetlands Supervisor and NABA-ES co-founder).  Meet at the BLM West Eugene Wetlands Office at 751 S. Danebo at 1:00 pm.  Space is limited to 15 people.  Pre-registration required. To pre-register, call Holly McRae at 683-6494.

Sunday, June 11
Mt. Pisgah/ Howard Buford Park
Neil Bjorklund, NABA-ES co-founder and current Science Advisor, will be leading a butterfly walk to lesser-known butterfly habitat on the east side of Mt. Pisgah. There in wetland, prairie, and oak savanna habitats, nearly 30 butterfly species have been recorded. This excursion is co-sponsored with Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. A $3 donation is requested to support Arboretum services. (Members of local or national NABA may choose to be exempted.) Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 15 persons. To pre-register: please contact Courtney at 747-1504.

Saturday, July 1
Fourth of July Butterfly Count: Eugene-Springfield
The first of our two butterfly counts will be led by Eugene count-founder and veteran count-organizer, Sharon Blick. The count teams will explore for butterflies in Mt. Pisgah, the West Eugene Wetlands, Spencer Butte and more. All are welcome to participate in the count. Butterfly experts are available in each group. Beginners are encouraged to join this learning experience in butterfly identification, while enjoying good company. We'll meet at the Campbell Senior Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) at 9:00 am. Pre-registration is required and there is a $3 fee for participants. To pre-register, Please call, Sharon Blick at 541-683-4635 or email her at blick@toast.net.

Wednesday, July 12
Groundhog Mountain
Groundhog Mt.'s numerous wetland meadows, and road-cut outcrops with seeps, make for diverse vegetation that supports many butterflies. At least 270 different plant species, and 35 butterfly species, have been seen in the area. Join artist, naturalist, and plant specialist Tanya Harvey in exploring this area of great botanical diversity and excellent habitat for butterflies. Since much habitat is accessed directly along the road, the walking on this trip is easy. We'll meet at the Campbell Senior Center parking lot (155 High Street, Eugene) at 9:00 am. A second meeting place is just off Hwy 58 in Dexter at the Dexter Lake Club parking lot at 9:30 am. Space is limited to 15 persons. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register call Sabine at 461-3596 or Tanya at 937-1401. Please note that the schedule is subject to change depending on snow conditions. This trip is now full.

Saturday, July 15
Fourth of July Butterfly Count: Browder Ridge
Our 4th annual count in the meadows of the Central Cascades will again be organized by Eric Wold, co-founder of NABA-ES.  With a bit of sun, we expect to see hundreds of individual butterflies, and nearly 40 species of butterflies. Trails range from easy to moderately difficult depending on your choice of team.  Meet at the Campbell Senior Center parking lot (155 High Street, Eugene) at 8:00 am.  We plan on returning by 6 pm for a gathering at Eleanor's house (directions will be provided). We will share pizza, and stories, and the results from the day.  Pre-registration is required. There is a $3 fee to participate which supports NABA's national advocacy for butterflies..  To pre-register call or email Ellie: at 684-8973 or woodnymph3000@gmail.com.

NABA members at Box Canyon.Box Canyon Field Trip, July 22, 2006

Saturday, July 22
Waldo Lake
The lush sub-alpine meadows of Waldo Lake will provide a new setting for our butterfly exploration. Plant specialist, and all-round naturalist, Bruce Newhouse will lead us, and share his knowledge of butterflies and their host plants. Butterflies species expected may include: Clodius Parnassian, Blue and Mariposa Coppers, Fritillaries, and Ladies. Meet at the Campbell Senior Center (155 High Street, Eugene) at 9:00 am. Trips are limited to 15 people. To pre-register call Ellie at 684-8973 or woodnymph3000@gmail.

Note: The destination of this trip was changed to Box Canyon, which is the summit between the McKenzie River and the N. Fk. Willamette River, where the Aufderheide Scenic Drive crests. These meadows have both wet and dry areas, as well as lots of forest edge habitats.

Sunday July 30
Horsepasture Mountain
We're excited to be offering our first field trip to Horsepasture Mt., an excellent late-summer butterfly site. High butterfly diversity, abundant wildflower displays, and outstanding views of the high Cascade peaks will make this a special trip. Trip leader is NABA-ES Science Advisor, Neil Bjorklund. This trip involves a 2.8 mile hike roundtrip, and nearly 1000 feel elevation gain. We'll meet at the Campbell Senior Center (155 High Street, Eugene) at 9:00 am. Space is limited to 15 people. To pre-register call trip leader, Neil Bjorklund at: 344-2053, or email him at: njborklund@comcast.net

Important Note to Field Trip Participants

Field trips may take place in rough or slippery terrain, so proper dress and footwear are essential. NABA field trips may be strenuous or hazardous. Participation is at your own risk. Be prepared to sign a release form indicating this. You can view a sample copy of the release form (PDF format*). All NABA field trips are open to the public, and newcomers and visitors are always welcome. If registering by email, please include your name and phone number in the email message.

All field trip leaders are expected to follow the NABA-ES field trip guidelines.


Past Field Trips
Field Trips in 2005

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