Be a scientist for a day at our annual Invasive Species Survey! Groups of volunteers will go throughout our 100-acre natural area looking for three different invasive plant species and collecting data. No experience necessary! Training begins promptly at 9 a.m. Go to columbiasprings.org/events for more information.
seasonal natural interest
Join us for free urban nature adventures every third Wednesday, February through November (except April and July)! Each guided "hike" will consist of an easy walk or tour with a theme, appropriate for all ages. February's theme: the fish hatchery. Join us for a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look of how we raise trout, steelhead, and salmon! All ages are welcome! No registration required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-882-0936 ext. 230 with questions.
Mosses, lichens and liverworts are vitally ecologically important in sustaining the web of life. This is an opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about mosses, lichens and liverworts.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the biology, evolution, ecology, ethnobotanical uses and cultural anthropology of mosses, lichens and liverworts, as well as their role in fighting global climate change, improving urban air quality and as an integral member of the temperate rainforest ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn some of the primary species found in and around Portland and an opportunity to identify and experience many of these species in the field.
Expand your knowledge of native conifers with Instructor Ken Denniston (author of nwconifers.com). Ken will help you identify the local conifers of northwest Oregon. The workshop will include classroom instruction and, weather permitting, a tour of native conifers in Hoyt Arboretum. Learn easy ways to distinguish each conifer species using both photos and specimens. Class attendees will receive a handy cheat sheet to identify native conifers with 99% accuracy.
Have you ever taken a winter walk in the woods and wondered what those deciduous trees are? Join an arborist to learn the clues in twigs, bark, and fruit that allow you to identify species without their leaves.
Do you want to identify shrubs and trees by looking at the bark, twigs, and buds? Winter's barren branches offer subtle yet observable clues to help identify plants. Join a Metro naturalist in exploring the flanks of this extinct cinder cone to learn common Northwest plants before they leaf out.
Ages: 12 and up
Register: North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District, 503-794-8092
February marks the beginning of a rapid increase in daylight. Experience how the birds react to the expanding daylight by ramping up their vocal activity and learn how to recognize many of their distinct songs and alarm patterns.
Ages: 8 and up
Register: Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, 503-629-6350
Explore Sauvie Island in search of magnificent eagles, hawks and falcons. Naturalists and hawk experts host activities at four sites around the island. Enjoy guided bird viewing, meet live raptors and see hawk identification displays. Free hot drinks and donuts in the morning. After check in at Kruger's Farm Market, you'll receive a parking permit, event guide, birding map and picture handouts. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Allow about three hours. Sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland, Metro, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Hawk Watch International.
Ages: All ages
Start the year off in nature! Explore the banks of the Clackamas River and learn about one of Metro's most successful side channel restoration projects. This gem of a natural area has it all: white oak woodlands, exceptional salmon habitat and a plethora of wildlife activity.
Bald Eagle, Osprey and Great Blue Heron all nest and raise their young at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. This class introduces you to the life-styles of each of these species and includes a walk of about two miles to view the birds at their nest sites. Ages 12 -- Adult.
To register visit website (below) or call 503-681-5397. Program #: 49509
For general program information contact Steve Engel.