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Mary's Peak
The summit of Mary's Peak is the highest point in Oregon's Coast Range.  For centuries it was considered a sacred place, inhabited by spirits.  Our culture's more prosaic view of the mountaintop can be seen as a reflection of the difference in our world view.  The breathtaking otherworldliness of this mountain peak seems to have a universally profound effect on visitors here.
9/5/2013
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Snag Boat Bend
Snag Boat Bend contains some of the best preserved backwaters remaining on the Willamette.  These quiet waters are connected to the main stem of the river and provide a refuge for fish and other creatures away from the main current.  These braided backchannels offer an abundance of habitat for a number of native species of animals and plants.
8/22/2013
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Dawn at Delta Ponds
Dawn is one of the best times to view wildlife.  Delta Ponds, although surrounded by apartments and freeways is busy with the comings and goings of many birds and mammals during the early hours.  Beavers have returned from near extinction in the Willamette Valley and are common here.
8/8/2013
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Siuslaw Estuary
The McKenzie River Trust recently purchased a 217 acre dairy ranch on the north bank of the lower Siuslaw River.  Estuaries are among the most productive places on earth.  Fish species, such as Salmon depend on their health.  Restoration work is going on throughout the basin to help Salmon and other plants and animals of the salt marsh.
7/25/2013
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Siuslaw Estuary
The McKenzie River Trust recently purchased a 217 acre dairy ranch on the north bank of the lower Siuslaw River.  Estuaries are among the most productive places on earth.  Fish species, such as Salmon depend on their health.  Restoration work is going on throughout the basin to help Salmon and other plants and animals of the salt marsh.
7/25/2013
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Beaver Pond
Plant growth and animal activity are at their summertime zenith at Beaver Pond.  Hunters often become the hunted, as creatures struggle to feed themselves and their young.
7/11/2013
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North Bank Deer Preserve
Douglas County's North Bank Deer Preserve offers one of the few places in Western Oregon that one can hike through a White Oak savanna habitat  Wildlife is abundant here and seasonal wildflowers abound.  This is a last refuge for Columbian White-tailed Deer.

Events:  Join nature guide, Dave Hagen, longtime Arboretum guide on a walk exploring the diversity of butterflies found at the Arboretum.  This will be a gentle walk by the river and through the meadow lands.  Nets and bug boxes are provided to get a cloer look at these amazing organisms. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center on Saturday, July 13th at 1:00 pm.  There is a small fee for non members.
6/27/2013
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Cheadle Marsh Trail
Late spring at Finley National Wildlife Refuge serves as a good example of the kind of paradise that seduced settlers to come here in the mid-nineteenth century.  This wetland prairie landscape at the base of the Coast Range is abundant with life and could be easily farmed.  Today this protected land gives us a glimpse of what the early settlers first encountered.

Sightings:  Harlequin Ducks winter in the churning rocky intertidal zone at the coast and then move inland to breed on turbulent mountain streams that mimic the crashing waters of their coastal environment Harlequin Ducks can be viewed in the spring and early summer along the middle and upper McKenzie River at Cook's Rapid or Bear Creek Rapid and the Middle Fork of the Willamette River around the town of Oakridge.
6/20/2013
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Honey Bee Swarm
Honey Bees swarm in the early spring, so as to take advantage of the abundant food found in the variety of blooming flowers at this time of year.  The hive is vulverable during this process, which effectively gives birth to a new hive.

Events:  Join Alison Center and members of the North American Butterfly Association for a casual exploration of Eugene's nearby wetland areas where butterflies are abundant in the early season.  The event is free and all are welcome.  Meet at the West Eugene Wetlands office at 751 Danebo Ave. at noon on Saturday, June 15th.  Call 541-344-7630 or go to NABA's website to preregister.
6/13/2013
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Strawberry Hill Wayside
Minus tides on the rocky Oregon Coast open a world of strange animals and plants to those curious enough to visit.  Representatives from nearly all of the major phyla are present and visible for a brief time before the waters return.

Sighting:  Winter Steelhead and Spring Chinook are migrating upstream and passing through Winchester Dam Fish Ladder on the North Umpqua River, which is free and open to the public.  To view migrating fish go to exit 129 on I - 5, proceed southeast on 99 to the fish ladder on the north side of the river.
6/6/2013
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