Bring your bike and your friends for a tour of Portland's drinking water wells! Experts from the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council will lead this 16-mile trip on easy terrain. Learn about the safety, functionality and history of Portland's underground drinking water system, which supplements the main supply from the Bull Run. Helmets required; light refreshments provided; recommended for ages 12+. Meet at Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station. Free. Pre-registration required at www.columbiaslough.org or 503-281-1132.
1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
Have you ever wished you could tell one evergreen from another, or identify a tree in winter by its bark or buds? Can you read the history of a piece of land by looking at its forest? Join Metro naturalist Deb Scrivens for a walk in the woods to unravel these mysteries and more. The forest at this natural area is a living laboratory of Northwest trees. Suitable for ages 12 and older.
Registration and payment of $6 per adult or $11 per family required in advance. You can register and pay online for Metro activities. Go to www.oregonmetro.gov/calendar, find your event by searching or browsing, and follow the instructions. For questions, call 503-797-1650 option 2.
Annual event celebrates birds of prey
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9
Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent bald eagles, hawks and falcons that spend the winter on the island. On this special day devoted to raptors, experienced naturalists and hawk experts host activities and answer questions at four locations around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors up close and sharpen hawk identification skills. Hot drinks and doughnuts are available in the morning. Have breakfast with the birds!
How does the road trip work?
Begin at Kruger's Farm Market and pick up an event map and raptor identification guide. The event fee is $10 per vehicle, cash only, and includes a Sauvie Island Wildlife Area parking permit, which is needed to park at the sites. To reach Kruger's, take Highway 30 to the Sauvie Island Bridge and go straight on Sauvie Island Road 1.5 miles (past Howell Territorial Park). Kruger's Farm Market is located on the right. Carpooling is encouraged. Three of the four event locations offer wheelchair access.
Spotting scopes help with raptor identification and are provided, with naturalists on hand to point out the birds. Field guides are available. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. This event takes place rain or shine. The road trip is suitable for birders of all ages and skill levels, and families are welcome. While you don't have to be an early bird and get up at the crack of dawn to see these birds of prey, allow approximately three hours to visit all four locations.
What will you see?
It all depends on what nature has in store. Regularly sighted raptors include bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels and Northern harriers. With a little luck, you might spot a rough-legged hawk, Cooper's hawk, merlin or peregrine falcon. Beautiful snow geese, sandhill cranes and great blue herons are commonly seen at this time of year, as well as abundant waterfowl.
Sponsored by Metro, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and HawkWatch International. For more information, www.oregonmetro.gov/calendar.
This is our first event along the I-205 Multi-Use Path for 2013! We will be planting a few replacement trees and re-mulching previously planted trees. Please arrive around 8:45am to be registered and assigned to a crew. The planting will start promptly at 9:00am. We provide breakfast snacks and hot chocolate/coffee, as well as gloves, tools and guidance. Please come dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes and get ready to have fun!
Are you a bicyclist? Please note that we will have a bike crew at this planting where a group of volunteers will transport tools, trees, and themselves between our two planting sites. Please sign up to join our bike crew and learn more here: http://bit.ly/BikePlanting
We are very excited to continue reforesting the transportation corridor that runs from the Columbia River in the North to the City of Gladstone in the south. Metro, ODOT, EMSWCD are partnering this season with Friends of Trees to increase livability, habitat and air quality along the I-205 corridor. This planting is generously sponsored by REI.
RSVPs are not required. Please contact Andy or Jenny at (503) 595-0213 if you have any questions or need more information. We look forward to seeing you out there!
Don't miss this outstanding evening of INSPIRATION and ENTERTAINMENT, all while supporting a worthy cause- a clean and healthy Willamette River!
Considered one of the nation's premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, the Wild & Scenic Film Fest is a call to action. Enjoy award-winning films that illustrate the Earth's beauty, the challenges we face, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment.
Featuring 11 invigorating films including the exclusive premier of Wild & Scenic's People's Choice Award Winner: "Rock the Boat" a story about Los Angeles and the little river that could, with cops in helicopters, civilians in kayaks, and fish stranded on concrete.
When: Thursday, December 6th
Where: Bagdad Theater, SE Hawthorne & 37th, PDX
Time: doors @ 5:30pm, films begin @ 7pm
Who: all ages
Tickets: advanced tickets sales available at the Portland REI: $8 for students/youth, $10 for adults ($12 for adults at the door)
And there is more...
LIVE music beginning at 6:15pm from Flat Rock String Band
FREE entry into the RAFFLE drawing with your festival ticket! Everyone will have a chance to win prizes from Patagonia, REI, Keen, Osprey and more!
Wear or buy a Willamette Riverkeeper t-shirt and receive an additional raffle ticket!
Join Friends of Gateway Green for a family-friendly, fun, and festive Halloween-themed bike ride. Come dressed in your scariest, funniest, weirdest costume - even dress up your bike! We’ll haunt the streets of east Portland for an easy paced bike ride escorted by EPAP bike committee members. Bring your friends and family for an afternoon of Halloween fun on two wheels!
Directions: From downtown Portland - take I-84 east to exit 7 Halsey St., keep left on ramp, take slight right onto NE Halsey St., 1st right onto NE 102nd Ave., right onto NE Pacifc St. or I-205 south toward I-84/Portland/Salem, take Glisan St. exit 21A, left onto NE Glisan St., left onto NE 102nd Ave., left onto NE Pacifc ST.
Spicy scents of autumn trees, giant golden leaves on maples and the silvery chatter of American dippers in the river. These are the smells, sights and sounds of Oxbow Regional Park in the autumn. Witness the return of wild salmon to one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier rivers – the glacier-fed Sandy – just 45 minutes from downtown Portland.
Naturalists are on hand at the river’s edge to help spot spawning salmon and interpret their behavior and life cycle. Special salmon-viewing glasses are available on loan. Salmon viewing proceeds rain or shine. The trail is unpaved and fairly level; wear good walking shoes. Inquire at the entry booth for starting location of the salmon viewing then follow the signs to the salmon! Suitable for all ages. Free with a $5 parking fee per vehicle and registration is not required. Leave pets at home. For more information, call 503-797-1650 option 2.
A guided bike tour of 7 innovative sustainable stormwater facilities in and around Portland's downtown parks led by KPFF engineers, Andrew Haliburton, Josh Lighthipe and Paul Dedyo. (Difficulty: Easy – about 60 min) Test your wits against our engineers with a fun stormwater bingo challenge and a chance at winning a fabulous prize! After the ride, we’ll roll up to the Lucky Lab (NW 19th and Quimby) for our After Party. Snacks provided. No-host bar. Not the biking type? Non-riders are welcome to join us at the pub! (When: 6:30 pm, after the ride. Difficulty: Super easy)
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22
Oxbow Regional Park is rich in tracks at this time of year, when mink, beaver, otter and black bear often leave clear footprints in the sand. Learn to read the ground like a book. Metro naturalist and tracker Dan Daly introduces you to basic track identification and interpretation, and the stealth skills needed to watch wildlife up close. Suitable for adults and children 10 and older. Bring water and a snack and meet at the floodplain parking area. Leave pets at home. Registration and payment of $11 per adult or family required in advance. There is a $5 parking fee per vehicle payable at the park. You can now register and pay online for Metro activities. Go to Metro’s online calendar (www.oregonmetro.gov/calendar), find your event by searching or browsing, and follow the instructions. For questions or to register by phone, call 503-797-1650 option 2.
How do endangered young salmon find food and refugia from floods and predators? Join Russ Plaeger from the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council to learn the science behind a side channel restoration project at Oxbow’s Happy Creek that will create deep pools, bubbling riffles and plenty of places to hide for juvenile Chinook, Coho and Steelhead. Learn about the characteristics of good habitat and get some tips on native plants and salmon-friendly practices that can be implemented where you live. Suitable for adults and children age 8 and older. Meet at Alder Shelter (group picnic area A) at 1:45 p.m. Free with a $5 parking fee per vehicle and registration is not required. Leave pets at home. For more information, call 503-797-1650 option 2.