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2015 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.

June 6, Saturday
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Butterfly Count

This year Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (FCSNM) is putting on a Lepidoptera Bio Blitz June 6th and since many of the NABA Count people from last year are participating as group leaders we will combine the two counts. For more information and to sign up go to the FCSNM website at http://www.cascadesiskiyou.org/bioblitz. Once you get signed up you will be sent event details and meeting time and location.
Driving mileage: Very high/Physical effort: from easy to strenuous depending on team route.

June 20, Saturday
West Eugene Wetlands

Join Alison Center and Rick 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 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 24, Wednesday
Lava Beds Count

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. Contact Joe Smith at foxglove1985s@yahoo.com
Driving mileage: high/Physical effort: moderatei/high.

June 27, Saturday
Warner Mountains Count

Contact Joe Smith at foxglove1985s@yahoo.com

June 27, Saturday
Ochocos Butterfly Count

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 5, 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 10, 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 18, Saturday
Lassen Butterfly Count    

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. Contact him at foxglove1985s@yahoo.com
Driving mileage: high/Physical effort: moderate/high (higher elevation).

July 19, Sunday
Mt. Pisgah Butterflies and Dragonflies

Join nature guide Dave Hagen on a walk for kids and families. Explore the diversity of butterflies and dragonflies found at the Arboretum! This will be a gentle walk through the meadow lands. Nets and bug boxes are provided to get a closer look at these amazing organisms. Meet at 10:00 AM at the Mt. Pisgah Visitor Center. $5 per person (members and kids free). Jointly sponsored by NABA Eugene-Springfield and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum.
Driving mileage: low/Physical effort: low.

July 25, 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).

July 28, Tuesday
July Science Pub on Tuesday

Milkweeds and Monarchs: Creating Habitat with Native Plants.

September 26, Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Master Gardener Fall Festival at Emerald Park Recreation Center


October 25, 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
Field Trips in 2014

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