seasonal natural interest

Twilight Tuesday at Smith and Bybee Wetlands

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Metro
Address: 
5300 N. Marine Drive
portland, OR 97203
United States

Take a relaxing walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands on a long summer evening. Dusk is one of the best times to view wildlife, especially during summer. It’s about the only time mammals such as beaver, muskrat, otter, raccoon, deer and bats can be seen. A Metro naturalist teaches basic techniques of wildlife watching and identification. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair onsite. Suitable for ages 10 and older; participants must be able to be quiet, sneaky and patient. Meet in the parking area on North Marine Drive. Registration and payment of $6 per adult or $11 per family required in advance. Register online or call 503-797-1650 option 2.

Contact Name: 
Metro Parks
Contact Phone: 
503-797-1650 option 2
Contact Email: 
metroparks@oregonmetro.gov
Venue: 
Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
Venue Details: 
At nearly 2,000 acres, Metro’s Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is the largest protected wetlands within an American city. This beautiful natural area is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, hiding in a part of Portland surrounded by port terminals, warehouses and other commercial developments. Most visitors to the natural area are surprised to find beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles living only minutes from downtown Portland.
Cost: 
$6 per adult or $11 per family

Twilight Tuesday at Smith and Bybee Wetlands

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Metro
Address: 
5300 N. Marine Drive
portland, OR 97203
United States

Take a relaxing walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands on a long summer evening. Dusk is one of the best times to view wildlife, especially during summer. It’s about the only time mammals such as beaver, muskrat, otter, raccoon, deer and bats can be seen. A Metro naturalist teaches basic techniques of wildlife watching and identification. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair onsite. Suitable for ages 10 and older; participants must be able to be quiet, sneaky and patient. Meet in the parking area on North Marine Drive. Registration and payment of $6 per adult or $11 per family required in advance. Register online or call 503-797-1650 option 2.

Contact Name: 
Metro Parks
Contact Phone: 
503-797-1650 option 2
Contact Email: 
metroparks@oregonmetro.gov
Venue: 
Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
Venue Details: 
At nearly 2,000 acres, Metro’s Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area is the largest protected wetlands within an American city. This beautiful natural area is one of the region’s best-kept secrets, hiding in a part of Portland surrounded by port terminals, warehouses and other commercial developments. Most visitors to the natural area are surprised to find beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles living only minutes from downtown Portland.
Cost: 
$6 per adult or $11 per family

StreamTeam Knotweed Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 8:45am to 1:00pm
StreamTeam
Address: 
Vancouver, WA 98668
United States

Hate Knotweed? Well, help Clark Public Utilities' StreamTeam eradicate it! Volunteers are needed to search for knotweed, and must be able to navigate over uneven terrain and through thick vegetation. Training, equipment and light refreshments will be provided. Bring work and weather appropriate attire, a reusable mug, and gloves, if you have them. Contact Ashley King at StreamTeam@clarkpud.com to register. For more information, visit www.StreamTeam.net.

Contact Name: 
Ashley King
Contact Email: 
StreamTeam@clarkpud.com
Venue: 
Salmon Creek Watershed
Venue Details: 
Register for more details.
Cost: 
FREE!

StreamTeam Tree Maintenance

Saturday, July 14, 2012 - 8:45am to 1:00pm
StreamTeam
Address: 
Vancouver, WA 98668
United States

Come flex your muscles with Clark Public Utilities' StreamTeam! Volunteers are needed to help the native trees we've planted thrive. Activities may include mowing, weed-whacking, or watering, and depend on the weather conditions. Due to safety concerns, all participants at mowing and weed-whacking events must be over 16 years of age. Training, equipment and light refreshments will be provided. Bring work and weather appropriate attire, a reusable mug, and gloves, if you have them. Contact Ashley King at StreamTeam@clarkpud.com to register. For more information, visit www.StreamTeam.net.

Contact Name: 
Ashley King
Contact Email: 
StreamTeam@clarkpud.com
Venue: 
Salmon Creek Watershed
Venue Details: 
Register for more details.
Cost: 
FREE!

Habitat Restoration at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Address: 
1071 S. Hilhurst Rd
Ridgefield, WA 98642
United States

Help search for and remove the invasive ricefield bulrush (Scirpus mucronatus) from wetlands. This invasive sedge is threatening wetlands on the refuge by competing with native plants that wildlife need for food and shelter. Due to volunteer efforts, the amount of ricefield bulrush at the refuge has dramatically reduced over the last 10 years. Come be a part of this downward trend and remove ricefield bulrush from the Pacific Northwest! Easy to remove and fun to search for, let's get this plant out of its only known NW location!

*Depending on conditions these work party days may include the removal of yellow-flag iris or other targeted invasive plants.

All work days are Wednesday and Saturday from 9AM - 12:30PM; rain or shine. Bring rubber boots and dress for the weather. Meet by the visitor kiosk in the River 'S' Unit. Gloves, tools, snacks, and drinks will be provided to keep you fueled up and restoration ready.

Event dates by month: June 23, 27, and 30. July 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, and 28. August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, and 29. September 1st

Work parties are sponsered by the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965 along with 3 other refuges in the Southwest Washington State, to secure vital winter habitat for Dusky Canada geese and other wintering waterfowl. With subsequent changes to nesting habitat and reduction in dusky populations following the violent earthquake of 1964 in Alaska, the need for secure wintering habitat became even more important.

Currently, Ridgefield NWR has a total of 5,218 acres of marshes, grasslands and woodlands. Preservation of the natural Columbia River floodplain is the management objective of the Carty (2-mile self-guided hiking trail), Roth, and Ridgeport Dairy units. The River 'S' (4.2 mile auto tour route and 1.2 mile seasonal hiking trail) and Bachelor Island units are managed to maximize habitat for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife.

Contact Name: 
Tera Hinkley
Contact Phone: 
(360)887-3883
Contact Email: 
Tera_hinkley@fws.gov
Venue: 
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge - River 'S' Unit
Venue Details: 
Meet at the visitor's kiosk found at the beginning of the autotour route.
Cost: 
Free

Around the campfire at Oxbow: Rick Meyers' old time music

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 8:30pm to 9:30pm
Metro
Address: 
3010 SE Oxbow Parkway
Gresham, OR 97080
United States

<p>This lively show immerses the audience in the musical heritage of the American pioneers along the Oregon Trail. Instruments and household items such as the musical saw, jew’s-harp, spoons, banjo, ukulele and washtub bass are included as part of this informative, fun-filled presentation.</p><p>Meet around the campfire for stories and old-fashioned entertainment when you camp at Oxbow Regional Park. Enjoy live music on Friday nights and nature presentations and storytellers on Saturday nights. Campfire shows are open only to overnight campers; day use ends at legal sunset when park gates are locked. Programs are in the outdoor amphitheater at the campground. Free. For more information, call 503-797-1650 option 2. <a href="http://www.oregonmetro/oxbow">www.oregonmetro/oxbow</a></p>

Contact Name: 
Oxbow Regional Park
Contact Phone: 
503-663-4708
Contact Email: 
sandra.jamison@oregonmetro.gov
Venue: 
Oxbow Regional Park
Venue Details: 
A 1,000-acre natural area nestled in the scenic Sandy River Gorge, Oxbow Regional Park offers visitors rare access to many of the region’s natural wonders while providing a variety of unique recreational opportunities. The river draws rafters and kayakers and offers anglers some of the best winter steelhead and salmon fishing in Oregon.&#13; &#13; Twelve miles of trails invite visitors to explore an ancient forest with centuries-old trees and ridges and ravines carved by volcanic and glacial flows. The area’s natural habitat makes an ideal home for wildlife such as mink, beaver, fox, raccoon, deer, osprey, songbirds, elk, black bear, cougar and Chinook salmon. To protect wildlife, pets are not permitted in Metro parks or natural areas.&#13; &#13; Grab your sleeping bags, throw a tent in your trunk and head out to the campground at Metro's Oxbow Regional Park for a night under the stars.Each of Oxbow’s campsites include a picnic table, fire pit, cooking grill and lantern pole. Two restroom buildings boast hot and cold running water, coin-operated showers, heated-air hand dryers, radiant floor heating and flush toilets. The restroom facilities and two campsites are accessible by wheelchair. Ten pull through sites are available for RVs (www.oregonmetro.gov/oxbow).
Cost: 
Free with paid overnight camping

Mount Mitchell Hike

Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 9:00am
Clackamas River Basin Council
Address: 
595 NW Industrial Way
Estacada, OR 97222
United States

 

This most striking viewpoint features a dropoff of some 3400 feet and views from Mount Jefferson to Hood.

The final goal is a narrow fractured outcrop with cliffs on three sides. The Clackamas Basin below this viewpoint is at its broadest in the upper Clackamas. The hike follows flatter terrain except for the final lift to the viewpoint. Distance is 4+ miles and total gain is about 625 feet. High Point of 5015 ft. This trail is very old but now little used.

Bring plenty of water, a camera, bug spray, and a lunch. Be aware that temperatures in the upper watershed are cooler than down below, and wear appropriate footwear.  RSVP to attend by emailing Becki at Rebecca@clackamasriver.org or calling 503-303-4372.

Contact Name: 
Rebecca Walker
Contact Phone: 
5033034372
Contact Email: 
Rebecca@clackamasriver.org
Venue: 
Clackamas River Ranger District
Venue Details: 
We will meet at the Ranger District to carpool into the watershed.
Cost: 
FREE!

Clackamas Headwaters Hike

Clackamas River Basin Council
Address: 
PO Box 1869
Clackamas, OR 97015
United States

 

Visit the under-appreciated but spectacular highlands of the Olallie Scenic Area. This area underwent sheet glaciation rather than valley glaciation, resulting in flatter terrain and so many lakes that many have never been named.

Highlights include wide-ranging views with the glaciers of Mount Jefferson only 9 miles distant, glacial striationsin bedrock, wildflowers, and mixed woodlands with  meadows, lakes and cliffs.

The moderate hike of 5.6 miles has a 900 ft. elevation gain on a gentle up and down route. High Point of 5320 ft.

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Bring plenty of water, a camera, bug spray, and a lunch. Be aware that temperatures in the upperwatershed are cooler than down below, and wear appropriate footwear.RSVP to attend by emailing Becki at Rebecca@clackamasriver.org or calling 503-303-4372.

Contact Name: 
Rebecca Walker
Contact Phone: 
5033034372
Contact Email: 
Rebecca@clackamasriver.org
Venue Details: 
We will meet in the parking lot to carpool!
Cost: 
FREE!

April Rhododendron Show

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 10:00am to Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 4:00pm
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Portland Parks & Recreation
Address: 
Portland, OR
United States

The second weekend in April is our Early Rhodie Show with several hundred trusses of early blooming rhododendrons. There is an even larger display on Mother's Day weekend.

Contact Phone: 
503-771-8386

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