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2017 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.

May 28, Sunday, 1:00 pm
Butterfly Walk

Alison Center will be at Bake Stewart Park on Sunday, May 28 at 1 p.m. and lead anyone who is interested on a casual walk to see butterflies and other pollinators around the park.

May 27-29
NABA Memorial Day Count

NABA Memorial Day/Victoria Day Butterfly Counts

June 10, Saturday
West Eugene Wetlands

Join 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 noon 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 29, Thursday
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.
Contact Sue Anderson at celastrinasue@gmail.com or Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: high/Physical effort: moderate.

July 1, Saturday
Mt. Pisgah Arboretum 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 1:00 PM at the Mt. Pisgah Visitor Center (Don't forget your parking pass). $8 per family, $5 per person (MPA members free). Jointly sponsored by NABA Eugene-Springfield and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum.
Driving mileage: low/Physical effort: low.
No Pre-registration

July 4, Tuesday, Holiday
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 7, 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.
Contact Sue Anderson at celastrinasue@gmail.com or Preregister with David & Lois Hagen (NABA-ES) by email NABA.ES.trips@gmail.com.
Driving mileage: moderate-high/Physical effort: moderate.

July 15, Saturday
Browder Ridge/Iron Mountain & Frissel Ridge 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 22, Saturday
Iron Mountain Butterflies

Join Lori Humphreys and Dave Stone (of Friends of Douglas-fir National Monument) on a butterfly hike to Iron Mountain in the proposed Douglas-fir National Monument. Meet at 8:00 a.m. in the Campbell Community Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene) to carpool to the site.
Preregister with Dave Stone (Friends of Douglas-fir National Monument) by email dns@efn.org.
Driving mileage: ~80 miles/Physical effort: moderate.

July 29, Saturday
Groundhog Mountain

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.

August - perhaps another field trip


Note, other local Eugene area and Cascade trips may be added later. Check our website for changes or additions.

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
Field Trips in 2015
Field Trips in 2016

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