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April 2020

City Nature Challenge BioBlitz

April 24, 2020 - April 27, 2020

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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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October 2020

Annual Celebration

October 3, 2020 - October 8, 2020

Join us for a celebration of our watershed and all the amazing partners who help make our work possible. This year we will be gathering virtually with a library of activities to remotely explore the watershed, a live event where we can all come together, and a raffle thanks to our generous donors! Visit middleforkwillamette.org/celebration for the full information!

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Great Willamette Cleanup – Springfield

October 4, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Clearwater Park, 2400 Clearwater Lane
Springfield, OR 97478
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Your river needs you more than ever so join us in the Great Willamette Cleanup! Keeping volunteers and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19 is the number one concern this year. Therefore, rather than one day of fun, this year’s cleanup will be spread out throughout the month of October. We will be adhering to social distancing guidelines, wearing masks, and working in smaller groups in order to protect ourselves while we improve the Willamette River. Join us…

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Great Willamette Cleanup – Oakridge

October 10, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Oakridge Greenwaters Park, 48362 Highway 58
Oakridge, OR 97463 United States
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Your river needs you more than ever so join us in the Great Willamette Cleanup! Keeping volunteers and the community safe from the spread of COVID-19 is the number one concern this year. Therefore, rather than one day of fun, this year’s cleanup will be spread out throughout the month of October. We will be adhering to social distancing guidelines, wearing masks, and working in smaller groups in order to protect ourselves while we improve the Willamette River. Join us…

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Fermenting Ideas Pub Talk – David Lewis

October 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a virtual edition of our Fermenting Ideas pub talk with David Lewis to explore the Indigenous connection to the watershed. This talk will span millennia, first exploring the formation of the valley through both Missoula floods, Kalapuyan stewardship, and the effects that the removal of the Kalapuya's stewardship have had on modern forest stewardship. David Lewis, is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, a descendant of the Santiam, Takelma, and Chinook people of Oregon.…

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November 2020

Wild and Scenic Film Festival

November 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us along with our partners in the Upper Willamette Stewardship Network (UWSN) for an evening of short films showcasing our earth's natural wonders and the amazing stories of those working in conservation, streamed virtually in HD to your home. The virtual waiting room opens at 6:30PM, the event begins at 7:00PM. Only one person per household needs to register. Proceeds from the 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be used for fire response and post-fire watershed restoration efforts…

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March 2021

Favorite Plants of Western Cascade Butterflies with Tanya Harvey

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council and the North American Butterfly Association for a virtual talk by Tanya Harvey on native plants and butterflies. Butterflies are very closely tied to plants, both for food for the caterpillars and nectar for adult butterflies. Many species have a limited number of host plants, sometimes only one, that they can feed on. To find these butterflies, it can be very helpful to know how to identify their host plants and favorite nectar…

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