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October 2019

Great Willamette Cleanup

October 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oakridge Greenwaters Park, 48362 Highway 58
Oakridge, OR 97463 United States
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Hosted on the first Saturday of October, the annual Great Willamette Clean Up is a river-wide, community day-of-action.  Volunteers participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, jet ski, drift boat, bike, and by foot to free our river of trash and debris, while improving habitat and community spirit along the way. The Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council will be hosting the Greenwaters Park cleanup again this year. Please meet at the Greenwaters Park Pavilion where participants will split…

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Science Pub: Oregon’s Ancient Forests

October 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hilltop Bar & Grill, 35831 OR-58 #2
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455
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Dripping coastal forests of giant Douglas-firs, high desert groves of massive ponderosa pines, and lush mixed conifer forests surrounding jagged Cascade peaks--Oregon’s ancient forests are vital to our state's future - for clean water, climate change, wildlife, recreation, and so much more. Chandra LeGue, Western Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild (and Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council board member), has published just the guide to help you get to know and love these incredible places - "Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A…

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November 2019

Eugene-Area Mushroom Hike 2019

November 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Presented with our friends at Oregon Wild, learn everything you ever wanted to know about mushroom ecology and identification in the Middle Fork Willamette from one of Eugene's most knowledgeable and fun experts – Bruce Newhouse. This hike, in the easy to get to Fall Creek area southeast of Eugene, will explore forests of different ages and the many fungi growing in them – from LBMs (little brown mushrooms) to the sought-after golden chanterelle. Registration is required for this event.…

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

November 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McDonald Theater, 1010 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97401
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One of the largest environmental film festivals in North America is coming to Eugene! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival works with environmental groups across the globe to host the film festival as a way to outreach into their communities and bring together a diverse audience. The goal is to use film to inspire people to help the lands and rivers that surround us. We are very excited to be co-hosting this event along with our partners in the Upper…

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March 2020

POSTPONED: Watershed Wednesday Volunteer Day

March 18 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Due to recent developments and recommendations around the COVID-19 virus, we have made a decision to cancel all public events, including this volunteer event. We feel this is the most prudent approach at this time and appreciate your understanding as we seek to do our part in protecting ourselves and one another. We will be assessing future dates for this event and we will communicate with you as soon as we have a decision. Join us as we partner with…

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POSTPONED: Fire on the Hill: Lessons from the Mt. Pisgah Fire

March 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hilltop Bar & Grill, 35831 OR-58 #2
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455

Due to recent developments and recommendations around the COVID-19 virus, we have made a decision to cancel all public events, including talk. We feel this is the most prudent approach at this time and appreciate your understanding as we seek to do our part in protecting ourselves and one another. We will be assessing future dates for this event and we will communicate with you as soon as we have a decision. Last August our community saw fire sweep across…

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April 2020

City Nature Challenge BioBlitz

April 24 - April 27

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, organizations across the Upper Willamette watershed invite you to join your community in documenting our local nature during the 2020 City Nature Challenge!  As we stay home and stay safe to stop the spread of COVID-19, we can still observe and document the natural world in our backyards, on our sidewalks, and even in our homes! The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a community science bioblitz with the goal of observing…

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Postponed – Love Your Middle Fork Day at Elijah Bristow State Park

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Elijah Bristow State Park, 38267 Wheeler Rd, Dexter, OR 97431
Dexter, OR 97431
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In compliance with Governor Kate Brown’s executive orders and in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Oregon State Parks have temporarily shut down all Oregon State Parks and related services until May 8th. In accordance we have postponed our Love your Middle Fork Day until further notice. Please stay tuned for a new date to show our watershed some love later this summer. Thanks for you understanding. Join us and Oregon State Parks for a day of community volunteering at…

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May 2020

Birding in the Middle Fork – Postponed

May 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hilltop Bar & Grill, 35831 OR-58 #2
Pleasant Hill, OR 97455
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We are working on making this a digital event. Stay tuned for more information! Do you find yourself wondering about the birds you see when out exploring your watershed? Join us and John DeLuca, District Wildlife Biologist for the Northwest Oregon District of the Bureau of Land Management, for an evening learning about the identification and ecology of birds in our watershed. Bring your questions and pictures to discuss with John as he shares his passion for birding in the Willamette…

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Discover Your Watershed – Bird Walk at Thurston Hills Natural Area

May 30 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thurston Hills Natural Area, 7575 Main St
Springfield, OR 97478 United States
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    Join us for a morning out on the trails with John DeLuca, District Wildlife Biologist for the Bureau of Land Management and birding enthusiast, as we look for native birds at Thurston Hills Natural Area. John will help identify birds spotted on the tour and share other species you might expect to see throughout the year. He will also discuss how our recent oak restoration project with Willamalane helped to increase habitat for birds and what we might expect…

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