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2014 Field Trips and Events

Preregistration for Field Trips is requested.
Note: NABA field trips may be strenuous or hazardous. The weather and trail conditions can be unpredictable. Participation is at your own risk, and you will be asked to sign a release form. If registering by e-mail, please include your name and phone number. Please remember to bring water, lunch (for most trips), and snacks.



April 12, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Eugene Earth Day at EWEB Plaza


May 10, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hardy Plant Sale at the Fairgrounds


May 18, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mt. Pisgah Wildflower Festival


June 21, Saturday
West Eugene Wetlands

Join Alison Center and other NABA officers 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 12:00 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).
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: low/Physical effort: low.

June 26, Thursday
Lava Beds Count    *Special Opportunity*

Located in northern California approximately 1 hour southeast of Klamath Falls, Lava Beds National Monument contains hundreds of lava caves and is rich in natural and human history. Lava Beds also has an abundant and varied butterfly population, including some spectacular beauties such as the Coral Hairstreak. Over 40 species are often seen on this count. The leader for this trip will be Joseph Smith.
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: high/Physical effort: moderatei/high.

June 28, Saturday
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.
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: high/Physical effort: moderate.

July 4, Friday
Cascade-Siskiyou Fourth-of-July Butterfly Count    *Special Opportunity*

Join us for the third annual NABA Fourth-of-July butterfly count for the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument east of Ashland. This area in southern Oregon is rich in biodiversity and host to over 100 species of butterflies. We usually see over 50 species on this count. We will explore along forest roadsides and high mountain open meadow areas. I suggest out-of-towners could stay at the Green Springs Inn, located at the epicenter of our count circle, or the Hyatt Lake campground just a couple miles north. Contact Dianne Keller at diannekeller18@gmail.com for more information and to sign up.
Driving mileage: High/Physical effort: strenuous (approx. 3 mile hike at high elevation with some steep ascents).

July 6, Sunday
Eugene Fourth-of-July Butterfly Count

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
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: low/Physical effort: low to moderate (depending on the destination selected).

July 11, Friday
Metolius Butterfly Count

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.
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: moderate-high/Physical effort: moderate.

July 12, Saturday
Lassen Butterfly Count    *Special Opportunity*

Formed by its eruptive history, Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California is home to smoking fumaroles, meadows covered in wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Observers usually sight over 60 species and thousands of individuals. Observers go out in 5 separate parties to cover different areas of the park. This trip is organized by Joseph Smith.
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: high/Physical effort: moderate/high (higher elevation).

July 19, Saturday
Mary's Peak

NABA members Randy and Pam Comeleo of Corvallis will be our guides for this trip to Mary's Peak, the highest peak in the Coast Range. The wildflower-covered summit meadows support a wide variety of butterflies and offer spectacular views of both the ocean and the Cascades. At this time of year, wildflowers and butterflies, especially meadow fritillaries, can be abundant. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Campbell Community Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to carpool to the site.
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: medium/Physical effort: moderate.

July 26, Saturday
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. Join us for a trip to these flower and butterfly rich environments. Two different count groups will explore for butterflies. One group travels by car along Browder Ridge with frequent stops. The other group will hike to the summit of Iron Mountain or Cone Peak in the Cascades. Beginners are encouraged to participate in this outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Campbell Community 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.
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: medium/Physical effort: moderate to high (depending on the subgroup).

August 3, Sunday
Coffin Mountain

This is a great time to visit Coffin Mountain off Highway 22 east and south of Detroit Lake. It is a moderate hike from the trailhead, the views of the Cascades are gorgeous, wildflowers are in bloom, and butterflies abound. Blues, coppers, fritillaries, and checkerspots, plus many more, should be on the wing. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Campbell Community Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to carpool to the site.
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: medium/Physical effort: moderate.

August 10, Sunday
Horsepasture Mountain

Located near McKenzie Bridge, Horsepasture Mountain is the former site of a fire lookout and sits on a rocky summit above Olallie Ridge. This site offers lush meadows and great views of the Three Sisters. Even this late in the season many butterfly species can be seen. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Campbell Community Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to carpool to the site.
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: medium/Physical effort: moderate.

August 17, Sunday
Holland Meadows/Grass Mt./Gertrude Lake

Lori Humphreys will lead us on a repeat of a trip she led in 2011 during which we identified 27 species of butterflies. We spotted four fritillary species, three coppers (including the hard to find Tailed Copper), and many crescents and checkerspots. Most of the viewing is done along roadways where walking is easy and fairly minimal. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Campbell Community Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to carpool to the site.
Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: medium/Physical effort: easy.

September 27, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Master Gardener Fall Festival at Emerald Park


October 26, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival


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
Field Trips in 2011
Field Trips in 2012
Field Trips in 2013

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