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2008 Field Trips and Events

Sunday, May 18
Mt. Pisgah Wildflower Festival
To celebrate the Spring, let's enjoy wildflowers, music, and the plant sale. Then visit the NABA Eugene-Springfield booth to dress yourself in raiment of the season: new Clodius Parnassian T-shirts in a rainbow of colors, and sizes for all. Prepare yourself for butterfly adventure with our books: the Butterflies of Lane County field guide and Where to Find Butterflies in Lane County.

Saturday, May 31
Walking and Rolling Through the Wetlands

NABA officer John Hogan will be staffing a NABA booth both to talk about butterflies (with puppets) and to display our beautiful new T-shirts. Visit our booth with your family from 11 am-2 pm on the Fern Ridge bike path between Danebo Ave. and Meadowlark Prairie Overlook.

Sunday, June 1
Butterflies and Birds in the West Eugene Wetlands

Late spring is an excellent time to observe butterflies and birds in the wetlands. This will be a leisurely 2 1/2 hour field trip led by 3 experts: Rick Ahrens for birds and bird songs, and Donald Gudehus and Eleanor Ryan for butterflies. Meet at the Wetlands Red House at 751 S. Danebo Ave. at 1:00 pm. Space is limited to 18 people. Preregistration is required. Call Holly McRae at 683-6494 or email her at hmcrae@wewetlands.org.

Sunday, July 6
Fourth of July Butterfly Count for Eugene-Springfield
The first of our two butterfly counts will be led by Eugene NABA officers Ellie Ryan and Donald Gudehus. The count teams will explore for butterflies in Mt. Pisgah, the West Eugene Wetlands, Spencer's Butte, and more. All are welcome to participate in the count. Butterfly experts will be 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. There is a $3 fee for participants to support conservation activities of National NABA. Please preregister by callomg Ellie at 684-8973, or emailing her at woodnymph3000@gmail.com.

Sunday, July 13
Mary's Peak

We are pleased to offer this new trip lead by science teacher/naturalist Jim Mitchell. As the highest peak in the Coast Range Mary's Peak allows stunning views of both the Cascades and the ocean. Its wildflower meadows and woodland edges abound with flowers and butterflies. We can expect to see about 20 species of butterflies and a gleaming swirl of blues. We'll meet at the Campbell Senior Center parking lot (155 High Street, Eugene) at 8 am. Trip is limited to 15. To preregister call Ellie at 684-8973 or email her at woodnymph3000@gmail.com.

The following species were observed: Clodius Parnassian, W. Tiger Swallowtail, Pale Swallowtail, Cabbage White, Silvery Blue, Boisduval's Blue, Hydaspe Fritillary, Pacific Fritillary, Satyr Comma, Milbert's Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, California Sister, Propertius Duskywing, Persius Duskywing, and Arctic Skipper.

Mary's Peak, July 13, 2008


Saturday, July 19
Fourth of July Butterfly Count at Browder Ridge

Our annual count in the flowering meadows of the Central Cascades will again be organized by Eric Wold, co-founder of NABA-ES and Eugene's Natural Resource Manager. We can 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 (155 High Street, Eugene) at 8:00 am. There is a $3 fee to participate which supports NABA's national advocacy for butterflies. Please call Ellie at 684-8973 or email her at woodnymph3000@gmail.com to preregister. Rain date, if needed, will be July 20, Sunday.

Browder Ridge Count, F.S. Rd. 2654 (When butterflies go bad)Browder Ridge Count, F.S. Rd. 2656, July 19, 2008 (When butterflies go bad)


Sunday, August 3
The Twins, A Beautiful Butterfly and Botany Hike

Veteran naturalist, Bruce Newhouse will lead us to a new mountain location where butterflies will still fly in August. We won't know which way to look: at the 25 or so more common species of butterflies we might see, at the uncommon butterflies that might spill over from the East side of the Cascades, at the alpine dragonflies, at the gorgeous alpine lupines in the gravelly lava, or the vast panoramas! The views of Waldo Lake are unbeatable from the 7360 foot summit. The hike is about 7 miles round trip, and most of it is moderate grade. There are a few steep places, but we will likely be traveling at butterfly and plant observation speed (not fast). Meet at the Campbell Senior Center (155 High St, Eugene) at 8:30 am . Trip limited to 15. To preregister call Sabine at 461-3596.

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
Field Trips in 2006
Field Trips in 2007

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