2007 Field Trips and Events
Sunday, May 20
Mt. Pisgah Wildflower Festival
To celebrate the spring: enjoy wildflowers and the plant sale, then
visit the NABA Eugene-Springfield booth. Prepare yourself for
butterfly adventures with our books: the Butterflies of Lane County field guide
and Where to Find Butterflies in Lane County. Also
available are beautiful T-shirts for summer by Tanya Harvey, and
information about butterfly nectar and host plants for your gardening.
Saturday, June 2
Wheeling Through the Wetlands
NABA will be represented with a booth and we will hand out our literature about butterfly gardens.
Our Butterfly and Finding guides will also be available. Enjoy cycling in the wetlands and visit us there.
West Eugene Wetlands Field Trip, June 2, 2007
Saturday, June 2
Spring butterflies of 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, West 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 Ellie Ryan at 684-8973,
or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of the popularity of this trip, Rick Ahrens led a second group, beginning in the nearby Willow Creek Preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy. The following species were observed in Eric Wold's group:
Western Tiger Swallowtail, Pale Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Orange Sulphur, Western Tailed Blue, Eastern Tailed blue, Fender's blue, Field Crescent, Mylitta Crescent, Lorquin's Admiral, Ochre Common Ringlet, Dunn Skipper, California Sister, and Sonora Skipper.
Soda Mt. Field Trip, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10 and Monday, June 11
Soda Mt. Butterflies and Mardon Skippers
Dixie Mauer-Clemons has been able to arrange with the BLM in Ashland for NABA-ES to visit on Monday,
at a unique site in Oregon containing the rare Mardon Skipper. We will visit other sites in the
Soda Mt. Monument which is known for its great diversity. Possibilities exist in this unusual trip
for over-nighting on Sunday or leaving very early on Monday to be at the BLM Site, about 1 hour from
Ashland, by 10:00 am. Camping locations or the Green Springs Inn are available choices for accommodations.
Space is limited to 12 people. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register call Dixie at 343-3028,
or email her, with "Mardon Skipper Trip" in the subject line, at email@example.com.
Saturday, June 30 (Rain date Sunday, July 1)
Fourth of July Butterfly Count for Eugene-Springfield
The first of our two butterfly counts will be led by Eugene officers Ellie Ryan and Donald Gudehus.
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 which supports activities of national
NABA. To pre-register, please call Ellie Ryan at 541-684-8973, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edith's Checkerspot on Bohemia Mt., July 7, 2007
Saturday, July 7
We are excited to offer a field trip to the Bohemia Mt, area, one of Lane County's premier butterfly
sites. This butterfly hot-spot has high butterfly diversity, stunning wildflower displays, fascinating
history, and outstanding scenic views. Veteran naturalist Bruce Newhouse will lead the way and share
his great knowledge of both plants and butterflies. Meet at the Campbell Senior Center (155 High St.,
Eugene) at 9:00 am. Limited to 15 people. To register call Ellie at 684-8973. or email her at email@example.com.
The following species were observed, as compiled by Bruce Newhouse: BUTTERFLIES (19 identified species) Clodius Parnassian,
Anise Swallowtail, Pale Swallowtail, Sara Orangetip, Lilac-bordered Copper, Gray Hairstreak, Pacific Dotted Blue (D. Gudehus photo),
Northern Blue, Acmon Blue, Great Spangled Fritillary (very brief look from a distance; fly-by on top of Bohemia Mtn.),
Hoffman's Checkerspot, Mylitta Crescent, Chalcedon (Variable) Checkerspot, Edith's Checkerspot (D. Gudehus photo), Comma,
unidentifiedfly-by (Lund Park), California Tortoiseshell, California Sister (Lund Park), Lorquin's Admiral (E. Ryan),
Persius Duskywing (top of Bohemia; very likely this species, unlikely any other); MOTHS (2 identified species)
Elegant Day Moth (aka Sheep Moth), Shadowy Arches (D. Gudehus photo & ID) (this species apparently uses huckleberry
and bearberry as a larval host plant)
Sunday, July 15
Metolius River at Wizard Hatchery
Paul Severns, life-long student of butterflies, and discoverer of our Great Coppers in the Wetlands,
has agreed to leave his doctoral research for a day, to guide us along the sensationally beautiful
Metolius. We anticipate many butterflies of eastern Oregon including Callippe, Coronis, and
Mormon Fritillaries and other treasures. Due to the distance, this trip will meet at 8:00 am at the
Campbell Senior Center parking lot (155High St., Eugene). Space is limited to 15 people. To
pre-register call Ellie at 684-8973, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to dry weather and temperatures on previous days of more than 100 degrees, there were fewer
flowers, and we saw fewer fritillaries than Paul had hoped to show us. Usually we see
Fritillaries nectaring. However the influence of the Metolius River allowed plenty of shrubs
and flowers close to the river. But we specialized in Hairstreaks on this trip. This included
both Behr's and Thicket Hairstreak. The latter especially is rare to see as its host plant
is mistletoe and it usually stays high up in Pine forest.
The following species were observed, as compiled by Lois Hagen: (23 species) Persius Duskywing
Cabbage White, Mourning Cloak, Lorquin's Admiral, Gray Hairstreak, California Tortoiseshell, Acmon Blue,
Juba Skipper, Great Basin Wood-Nymph, Pale Swallowtail, Cedar (Nelson's) Hairstreak, Zerene Fritillary,
Two-Tailed Swallowtail (Paul's sighting), Mylitta Crescent, Green Comma, Common Wood-Nymph, Dun Skipper,
Behr's Hairstreak!, Thicket Hairstreak*, Woodland Skipper, Purplish Copper, Common Branded Skipper,
Saturday, July 21
Fourth of July Butterfly Count: Browder Ridge
Our 6th annual count in the meadows of the Central Cascades will again be organized by Eric Wold,
our NABA-ES co-founder and West Eugene Wetlands Supervisor. 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. Pre-registration is required. There is a $3 fee to
participate which supports NABA's national advocacy for butterflies. To pre-register call Ellie at
684-8973 or email her at email@example.com.
Past Field Trips
Field Trips in 2005
Field Trips in 2006
|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.
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