Tracking wildlife is a skill you develop with guidance and lots of practice. This class gets you started with some of both. Learn to read the story behind the tracks you find by understanding basic information about gaits - the way an animal moves - and the pattern of tracks left behind as a result. We spend time indoors drawing and measuring track patterns of local wildlife then go out and look for stories from the night before.
Fifteen species of owl occur in Oregon, can you name them? Learn which ones are common, which are rare, which are big and which are small. Owls have amazing adaptations that allow them to rule the night, communicate with one another and occupy a variety of habitats, including Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve.
Ducks, geese, swans! Diving ducks, puddle ducks, cackling geese! Canada geese, tundra swans, trumpeter swans! Trying to figure them all out can drive you crazy! Come to this class to get started on identifying a mallard from a wigeon and a teal from a merganser, or from another teal for that matter! After an indoor presentation of informative slides we venture out to view wild waterfowl and practice what we learned.
Amphibians and reptiles can tell us a lot about the health of our community. Both rare and common species can be found in Gresham.
- Gain a basic understanding of amphibian life history and identification.
- Understand the impacts of restoration, invasive plant species and development.
- Learn how your backyard landscape can support these species and many more.
Join us for an evening of speakers and discussion.
Laura Guderyahn, City of Gresham Natural Resources Program
Katie Holzer, PhD Conservation Biology, Portland Parks and Recreation
Ashley Smithers, Graduate Student Natural Resource Management PSU
Gaylen Beatty, Columbia Land Trust Backyard Habitat Program
RSVP to The Wetlands Conservancy at 503-227-0778 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Through their daily travels, wildlife leave behind myriad stories on the landscape. . Learn how to unravel the mystery and interpret the clues left behind! Fundamentals of animal tracking will be covered during the evening lecture on Oct. 29. Track and sign interpretation will be practiced in the field on Nov 2 and Nov 9. Directions and locations will be sent to registered participants. Register by Monday Oct. 27.
You're invited to join us Thursday, Nov. 13th, 7-9:30 pm, for a talk on Cultural Mentoring with special guests Jon Young of the 8-Shields Institute, the world's foremost organization for training nature-connection mentors, and Mark Lakeman of City Repair. Our speakers will explore the attributes inherent in a healthy, sustainable, nature-connected culture, and how to foster community culture based on intergenerational mentorship. Jon will also introduce cultural mentorship training opportunities coming up in 2015 in Portland. For tickets, visit http://8spdx.com/.
Animal tracks are everywhere but how do you tell who made them? The Animal Track Literacy Project teaches you the language scientists use to describe tracks through drawing, coloring and measuring exercises. Collect data on a series of mystery tracks and then identify them yourself using a special tool called a dichotomous key. We will also study plaster casts of animal tracks collected at Jackson Bottom Wetlands and other locations. This session is designed for adults and young adults 16 years and older. Steve Engel
Join us October 22 for the first presentation in our River Professors series.
David Harrelson will speak about The Native People of the Tualatin River, Past, Present and Future Directions.
David Harrelson is Kalapuya and a member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. David works for his community as the Program Manager of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) at Grand Ronde. David's interests include the cultural use of plants, contact era history of the Pacific Northwest, and maintenance of ecological systems through traditional land management.
This talk is presented as a cooperative effort of Tigard Library, Tualatin Riverkeepers and The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon.
October 22, 2014
TIME 6:00PM TO 8:00PM
13500 SW HALL BLVD, Tigard, OR 97223
Learn what mammals are found in the Mt Hood area, and be able to sort them family and by habitat to make them easier to remember. Also learn basic lifestyles, reproductive strategies, winter activity, and important concepts in wildlife ecology.
Birdfest and Bluegrass Nature Festival brings weekend of discovery Oct. 4th & 5th, invitation to explore the beauty of nature and wonders of our ecoregion.
RIDGEFIELD, WA - Again this year, on Saturday and Sunday, October 4th & 5th, 2014, Birdfest and Bluegrass offers the chance to discover nature right in the Portland metro area's own backyard, with a weekend packed with activities for visitors of all ages and interests. The annual festival is a celebration of the fall migration and opportunity to experience wildlife of the region and local history firsthand. Leading names in bluegrass provide musical accompaniment. Ridgefield with its small-town charm is a just a 25-minute drive from Portland. One of the festival's signature events is the opportunity to observe sandhill cranes fly in and out of their night roost in a special sanctuary that is otherwise closed to the public. Admission to the refuge is free during Birdfest and Bluegrass. Activities include guided bird and nature walks, live bird shows, tours of Cathlapotle Plankhouse, demonstrations of Native American life and traditions, and a salmon bake with samplings on Sunday. Children can learn about nature and have fun at the craft stations, storytelling tent and at the Audubon Society's live bird show. Special offerings on both days include guided kayak and canoe tours, Kiwa Trail tour and the spectacular sandhill crane tours at dawn and dusk. These tours are offered on a limited basis and fill quickly, with reservations and fees required. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.ridgefieldfriends.org.