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Natural History of Oregon

Natural History of Oregon

The Natural History of Oregon series of classes and field trips will cover geology and the identification and ecology of the plants and animals that we commonly find in the Willamette Valley. The class is primarily for beginner nature enthusiasts but all level of learners will benefit from these experiences.

All classes are held at the Straub Environmental Learning Center (1320 A St. NE) from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with a field trip to be arranged for the following Saturday. Cost for the class is $5 and cost for the field trip is $10. For more information go online to salemee.org or contact Jon Yoder at joyoder@wildblue.net

Calendar of Natural History of Oregon

Jan
10
Wed
2018
Birds of Oregon @ Straub Environmental Learning Center
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Birds of Oregon @ Straub Environmental Learning Center | Salem | Oregon | United States

Oregon is a wonderful place to see a wide variety of birds due to its varied habitats including forests, deserts, the coastline, fields, and marshes. Expert birder Mike Unger will concentrate on winter bird identification including birds you might see in the valley this time of year. The remarkable birds we will discuss include raptors, ducks, shorebirds and songbirds. We will study the identification of these birds with color slides and audio recordings. Come along as we tour through the fascinating world of Oregon birds. On our Saturday field trip we will further develop our identification skills in the field at Minto-Brown Island Park or Ankeny NWR. The class is held at the Straub Environmental Learning Center (1320 A. St. NE) from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with a field trip to be arranged for the following Saturday. Cost for the class is $5 and cost for the field trip is $10. For more information go online to salemee.org or contact Jon Yoder at joyoder@wildblue.net

Feb
7
Wed
2018
Wildlife of Oregon @ Straub Environmental Learning Center
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wildlife of Oregon @ Straub Environmental Learning Center | Salem | Oregon | United States

The wildlife in Oregon are extremely diverse, ranging in size from the field mouse to the black bear. This program lead by naturalist Ron Crouse will use hides, furs and skulls to examine a variety of species that can be found in our state. We will work at learning how to identify animals and learn about their adaptations that help them to survive in the wild. On the following Saturday we will travel to a local wildlife refuge to observe some resident and migratory wildlife and search for wildlife signs. Be sure to bring binoculars and cameras if you wish. This program is appropriate for middle school students and older. The class is held at the Straub Environmental Learning Center (1320 A. St. NE) from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with a field trip to be arranged for the following Saturday. Cost for the class is $5 and cost for the field trip is $10. For more information go online to salemee.org or contact Jon Yoder at joyoder@wildblue.net

Mar
14
Wed
2018
Little Brown Fishes Of the Willamette River Basin @ Straub Environmental Learning Center
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Little Brown Fishes Of the Willamette River Basin @ Straub Environmental Learning Center | Salem | Oregon | United States

The Willamette River and its tributaries are teaming with a myriad of native fishes. While many people know about iconic fish species like salmon, steelhead, and rainbow trout, few are familiar with the redside shiner, dace, northern pikeminnow, or sculpin. While sometimes referred to as “trash fish”, these fish play a vital role in the stream ecology of the Willamette River Basin. The presentation by Karen Hans of ODFW will cover the 25 species of native Little Brown Fishes that live in the Willamette Valley. Topic will include the basic ecology of these fish, the challenges they face from habitat changes and introduced fish species such as bass, bluegill, and gambusia, and what people can do to make rivers and streams better for these native fishes. The Saturday morning field trip will be to Waln Creek in SE Salem, the site of an active restoration project. We will tour the creek, talk about the restoration project, and attempt to capture some fish with seine nets. The class is held at the Straub Environmental Learning Center (1320 A. St. NE) from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with a field trip to be arranged for the following Saturday. Cost for the class is $5 and cost for the field trip is $10. For more information go online to salemee.org or contact Jon Yoder at joyoder@wildblue.net

Apr
11
Wed
2018
Beyond Waterfalls: The Wildflowers of Silver Falls State Park @ Straub Environmental Learning Center
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Beyond Waterfalls: The Wildflowers of Silver Falls State Park @ Straub Environmental Learning Center | Salem | Oregon | United States

Silver Falls State Park is well known for its ten magnificent waterfalls. What visitors may miss during their visit, though, is the magnificent diversity of wildflowers present in the park. This program led by Park Ranger Matt Palmquist will provide an introduction to the wildflowers found in diverse areas of the park, from deep forests to open meadows, and some of their traditional uses. The following Saturday hike will be a chance to see some of these flowers in bloom. The class is held at the Straub Environmental Learning Center from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with a field trip to be arranged for the following Saturday. Cost for the class is $5 and cost for the field trip is $10. For more information go online to salemee.org or contact Jon Yoder at joyoder@wildblue.net

May
9
Wed
2018
Insects of Oregon @ Straub Environmental Learning Center
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Insects of Oregon @ Straub Environmental Learning Center | Salem | Oregon | United States

Oregon is home to thousands of species of insects with many different ecological roles. This program will focus on learning to identify the major insect groups in western Oregon. The evening program lead be insect enthusiast Gail Gredler will look at the identifying characteristics of each of the major groups. We will also cover the roles each play in our environment. The Saturday morning workshop will start with a hands-on component in the classroom. After some practice at identifying insect orders, we will move outside to a local site to observe insects in the “wild”. This program is appropriate for middle school students and older. The class is held at the Straub Environmental Learning Center (1320 A. ST. NE) from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with a field trip to be arranged for the following Saturday. Cost for the class is $5 and cost for the field trip is $10. For more information go online to salemee.org or contact Jon Yoder at joyoder@wildblue.net