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Wetlands Month activities set.

Byline: The Register-Guard

May is National Wetlands Month, and the calendar is full of educational events in the Eugene area. Below is a clip-and-save listing. The Wetlands Yurt, where many of these events are held, is located at the northeast corner of West 11th and Danebo avenues.

To sign up for an event requiring preregistration, or to obtain additional details, call Holly McRae at 683-6494.

In addition to the events listed below, a wetlands photography exhibit coordinated by Diantha Hullwill be on display throughout the month of May at Cafe Paradiso, 115 W. Broadway, Eugene.


Dragonflies in Our Wetlands: Of Oregon's 87 species of dragonflies and damselflies, 36 have been found in the West Eugene Wetlands. These colorful and fascinating insects, their unique behaviors and their amazing life cycles will be the subject of a presentation by Steve Gordon and Cary Kerst. Meet at 7 p.m. at the West Eugene Wetlands Yurt.

May 7

Wild Wetland Walk: Bruce Newhouse and Peg Boulay will observe `Native Plant Appreciation Week' by leading a two-hour wild wetland walk in search of blooming wildflowers and trees, butterflies and other ecological wonders, 10 a.m. at the Willow Creek Natural Area. Wear rubber boots or shoes that can get wet and muddy. Limited to 15 people; preregistration required.

May 11

Raptors of the Wetlands: Many birds of prey count on the West Eugene Wetlands for sustenance. Louise Shimmel of the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene will talk about some of the raptors that can be found in the West Eugene Wetlands, 7 p.m. at the Wetlands Yurt.

May 14

Bird Walk: Accompany Charlie Quinn on the final preseason "breeding bird survey" of The Nature Conservancy's Willow Creek Preserve, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Learn how to identify birds by ear while visiting most of the habitats on the preserve and stopping for wildflowers, butterflies and other interesting encounters along the way. Come prepared to slosh through up to six inches of water and walk about two miles off-trail, over some very uneven terrain and obstacles. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Limited to 12 participants; preregistration required.

Wild Wings across the Wetlands: Youngsters 8 to 12 years old are invited to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in the West Eugene Wetlands. Participants will learn about wetland migratory birds, their threats and how humans can help them on their journeys, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wetlands Yurt.

May 18

Western Pond Turtles: The western pond turtle population in Oregon is believed to be at less than 10 percent of historical levels. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Bill Castillo will discuss the natural history of these native wetlands animals and the management steps being taken to avoid further population declines, 7 p.m. at the Wetlands Yurt.

May 21

Spring Butterflies of the Wetlands: Late spring is an excellent time to observe butterflies and wildflowers in the West Eugene Wetlands, and Eric Wold of the North American Butterfly Association will help identify the various species during a leisurely three-hour field trip. Meet at the BLM's West Eugene Wetlands Office, 751 S. Danebo, at 1 p.m. Limited to 20 participants; preregistration required.

May 23

Hynix Tour: Doug Brooke, environmental department team leader at Hynix Semiconductor, will lead a one-hour walking tour in which participants will learn about the plant's stormwater treatment practices, 6 p.m. at Hynix, 18th and Willow Creek. Brooke will discuss the natural flora and fauna on the site, control of invasive species, water quality parameters, control of erosion, habitat enhancement and lessons learned during the nine years of project development. Preregistration required: 683-6494.

May 25

Discover Dragonflies!: Nearby Nature, a Eugene-based nature education organization, will present a family-oriented program about one of Nature's amazing flying machines. Fun facts, specimens, crafts, a story and more are planned, 6:30 p.m. at the Wetlands Yurt.

May 28

Nature Photography Workshop: David Stone will conduct a nature photography workshop that focuses on the wildflowers, birds and miniature landscapes that abound in the West Eugene Wetlands, noon to 4 p.m. Film and digital cameras welcome.

A follow-up classroom session will be held Thursday, June 2, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Limited to 15 participants; preregistration required.
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Date:Apr 28, 2005
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