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2011 Field Trips and Events

Field Trips require preregistration. Contact David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com or by phone 541-344-7630.
See additional important information below.

Events are local happenings related to butterflies. NABA-ES wil usually have an information booth set up there in which case volunteer helpers will be needed and greatly appreciated. To volunteer, contact David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.events@gmail.com or by phone 541-344-7630.



Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Salem Erythronium (Fawn Lily) Festival at Historic Deepwood Estate

This event features a native plant sale and garden walks in nearby Salem - one of the earliest outdoor festivals in the area. For more information go to: http://friendsofsalemsaturdaymarket.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/2011-erythronium-festival/.

Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Veneta Earth Day Celebration

This year NABA-ES will be represented at the Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration in the nearby community of Veneta. This event is sponsored by the local Parks Board and will be held at 2nd and Broadway in downtown Veneta. For more information go to: http://ci.veneta.or.us/index.cfm.

Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hardy Plant Sale

This event is sponsored by the Willamette Valley Hardy Plant Group. There will be a plant sale inside the Auditorium Building at the Lane County Fairgrounds. For more information go to: http://www.thehardyplantgroup.org/home.html.

Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower Festival

This is one of two BIG events for the Mount Pisgah Arboretum. The other big event is the Mushroom Festival in the fall. Hundreds of nature lovers will be on hand to enjoy the spring wild flower displays, nature walks, entertainment, and much more ... and NABA-ES will be there, too! For more information go to: http://www.mountpisgaharboretum.org/festivals#wildflowerfestival.

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Walkin' and Rollin' through the Wetlands

Each year WREN (Willamette Resources & Educational Network) sponsors this outdoor event in West Eugene's Wetlands. Explore by bike or foot along the Fern Ridge Path between Bailey Hill and Greenhill Roads. NABA-ES will be one of several organizations with educational displays along the way. For more information go to: http://www.wewetlands.org/.

Saturdays, May 21 & June 18, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Special LCC Class in Cottage Grove, "The Beauty of Butterflies"

John Hogan and Alison Center (NABA-ES) have, for the second year in a row, organized this 2-day, noncredit class. There will be an optional field trip to the Elkton Butterfly Garden on July 23 (Saturday) - you'll want to participate in that outing, too! The course is free; however, you must register through LCC (see http://www.lanecc.edu or LCC's Aspire Magazine for details).

Sunday, May 29
Spring Butterflies of the West Eugene Wetlands

Join Alison Center and Rick Ahrens Ahrens for a casual, educational exploration of Eugene's nearby wetland areas, where butterflies are abundant in the early season. With these experts as guides, beginners and experienced butterfliers alike are sure to have an enriching natural-history experience - one that extends beyond butterfly identification. Free. Meet at 1:00 p.m. in the parking area by the Red House, West Eugene's Wetlands office, located on the NE corner of W 11th and Danebo (751 S. Danebo Ave., behind the Hertz car sales lot).
Driving mileage: low/Physical effort: low.

Saturday, June 4
Malheur Butterfly Survey    *Special Opportunity*

New for us this year, experienced members have an opportunity to join Tim Bodeen (Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Manager) and David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) to begin a butterfly survey at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. The remote location of this refuge requires a serious commitment to the project and at least a one-night layover. The beauty of this unique habitat in the shadow of Steens Mountain will be inspirational.
Driving mileage: very high/Physical effort: moderate.

Saturday, June 18
Tire Mountain

David and Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) will lead this early field trip to Tire Mountain, an area of abundant wild flowers and beautiful butterfly meadows. Free. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Campbell Senior Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to carpool to the site.
Driving mileage: moderate/Physical effort: moderate.

Saturday, June 25
Ochocos Butterfly Count    *Special Opportunity*

NABA-ES members and experienced volunteers have an opportunity to assist Sue Anderson (Sisters, OR) in her annual butterfly count in the beautiful Ochoco National Forest east of Bend. Close to 50 species have been observed in these surveys in past years! Departure times, carpooling, and other details will be arranged upon preregistration. Due to the remote location, some participants may elect to camp out the day before, the day after, or both.
Driving mileage: high/Physical effort: moderate.

Saturday, July 2
Eugene Fourth-of-July Butterfly Count at various local BF hotspots

This field trip, the first of two "Fourth of July" butterfly counts, will be led by our experienced local NABA-ES officers. Four different count groups will explore for butterflies in the West Eugene Wetlands, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, East Buford Park, and Spencer Butte. Beginners are encouraged to participate in this outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification. We will meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Campbell Senior Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to split into groups and to carpool to the sites. There is a $3.00 fee for this event.
Driving mileage: low/Physical effort: low to moderate depending on the destination selected.

Friday, July 8
Metolius Butterfly Count    *Special Opportunity*

NABA-ES members and experienced volunteers have an opportunity to assist Sue Anderson (Sisters, OR) in her annual butterfly count in the Metolius River area close to Sisters. The seeps and prairies near the Metolius are hot spots for butterfly activity, and we can expect to see many species not found here in the Willamette Valley. Departure times, carpooling, and other details will be arranged upon preregistration.
Driving mileage: moderate-high/Physical effort: moderate.

Tuesday, July 19
Olympic Peninsula    *Special Opportunity*

This year, members of the Washington Butterfly Association (WABA) have invited us to join them for one of their outings to Washington's Olympic Pennisula - a long drive away, but spectacularly beautiful. Departure times, carpooling, and other details will be arranged upon preregistration
Driving mileage: very high/Physical effort: moderate.

Saturday, July 23
Browder Ridge/Iron Mountain Fourth-of-July Butterfly Count

This field trip is the second of our two "Fourth of July" butterfly counts to be led by our experienced local NABA-ES officers. Two different count groups will explore for butterflies. One group travels by car along Browder Ridge with frequent stops; the other group(s) hikes to the summit of Iron Mountain and/or Cone Peak in the Cascades. Beginners are encouraged to participate in this outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification. We will meet at 8:00 am in the Campbell Senior Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to split into groups and to carpool to the sites. There is a $3.00 fee for this event.
Driving mileage: medium/Physical effort: low to high depending on the subgroup.

Saturday, August 20
Holland Meadows

This field trip will be lead by Lori Humphreys (NABA-ES). Holland Meadows, (close to Oakridge) with its large, interconnected network of lush meadows is a great late-season destination for butterflies. Beginners are welcome. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Campbell Senior Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to carpool to the sites. Free.
Driving mileage: medium/Physical effort: moderate.

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
Field Trips in 2008
Field Trips in 2009
Field Trips in 2010

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