Natural areas week offers many ways to celebrate nature

2012-05-04T11:00:00Z Natural areas week offers many ways to celebrate natureGazette-Times & Democrat-Heralde Corvallis Gazette Times
May 04, 2012 11:00 am  • 

Hikes guided by experts, educational opportunities and a owling party at Tyee Vineyards are among the events scheduled for the Natural Areas Celebration Week, starting Saturday and continuing through May 13. The events are coordinated by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. For more information and a complete listing of events, see

Here are a number of the events:


Kings Valley Archaeology Walk, 9 a.m. to noon; meet at Greenbelt Land Trust Office, 101 S.W. Western Blvd., for carpooling and directions to site. Contact: Jessica McDonald, 541-752-9609 or jessica@greenbeltlandtrust .org

Work Party at Finley Wildlife Refuge’s Fiechter House and Cabell Barn, 10 a.m.; from Corvallis, take Highway 99W south to mile marker 93; follow signs to the refuge area; after crossing Muddy Creek look for parking area on left by Homer Campbell Trail

This is the annual fluff ’n buff to prepare for the Barn and Bluebrass event May 12. Volunteers will sweep out the 1910 barn and gather owl pellets, or vacuum the 1850s Fiechter House and clean the windows. Sponsored by the city of Corvallis, Benton County Historic Resource Commission and PreservationWORKS. Contact: Chris Bentley, 541-766-6819 or Bob Richardson, 541-766-6575.

Advanced Digital Photography Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m., Finley Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, 26208 Finley Refuge Road, south of Corvallis off Highway 99W. To reserve a spot, email (A birding photography walk on May 12, is scheduled at Finley to test participants’ new techniques in the field.)


Birdsong Walk, 11 a.m., boat ramp parking area at Crystal Lake Sports Fields, Corvallis, Contact: Don, Boucher, or 541-753-7689

Corvallis Parks and Recreation’s Tour of Trees, 1 to 3 p.m., meet at Central Park Gazebo.

Wildflower Walk — Peavy Arboretum, 3-5:30 p.m., led by Marys Peak Group, Oregon Chapter Sierra Club; meet at Road 500 parking area near the College Forest Office at Peavy Arboretum. Contact: Robert Verhoogen, or 541 207-5878.

Talking Water Gardens Walk. 5-8 p.m., 778 Waverly Drive N.E., Millersburg. Event hosted by Neighborhood Naturalist. Information: Don Boucher, 541-753-7689,


Herbert Farm and Natural Area Tour, 1 to 3 p.m. Meet at Corvallis Parks and Recreation Administration office, 1320 S.W. Avery Park Drive, Corvallis

Evening Walk at Bald Hill Farm, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Led by Greenbelt Land Trust; meet at Oak Creek parking lot to Bald Hill Natural Area. Information: Jessica McDonald, 541-752.9609 or


Jackson-Frazier Wetland Tour, 9 a.m. to noon; meet at Jackson-Frazier boardwalk at the end of Lancaster Street, Corvallis; contact: 541-753-7689,

Restoration and Butterfly Hike, 1:30 to 4 p.m.; led by Benton County Natural Areas and Parks, Meet at Beazell Memorial Forest, 37309 Kings Valley Highway (Highway 223), about 5 miles north of Wren; contact: Al Kitzman, 541-766-6018

Marys River Natural Area Restoration & Wildflower Walk, 6 to 7:30 p.m.; meet at gravel parking area on Brooklane Drive, Corvallis; contact:


Franklin School Neighborhood & Tree Tour, 2 p.m., meet at Franklin School, 750 N.W. 18th St., east entrance under the Oak. Information: Chris Bentley, 541-766-6819

McDonald Forest New & Old Growth Nature Walk, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; sponsored by the Marys Peak Group, Oregon Chapter, Sierra Club; meet at First Street parking area behind Super 8 Motel. Contact: or 541-207-5878

Corvallis Backyard Birds, 7 to 9 p.m., Corvallis-Benton Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe St.


Tyee Wine Cellars bonfire, wine tasting, and owling, 5-8 p.m. Bring a picnic and stay after for an evening of wine tasting, a bonfire, and owling. From Corvallis, take Highway 99W south seven miles and turn right onto Greenberry Road. Go 2.3 miles to Tyee Wine Cellars on your right. Information: 541-753.8754 or


Audubon Society of Corvallis second Saturday, half-day field trip, 7:30 a.m. to noon; meet at Benton Center north parking lot, 757 N.W. Polk Ave.Information:

Barns & Bluegrass, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fiechter House and Cabell Barn at Finley National Wildlife Refuge; from Corvallis, take Highway 99W south to mile marker 93; follow signs to the refuge area; after crossing Muddy Creek look for parking area on left by Homer Campbell Trail; includes guided tours, music by the Corvallis Community Band, a demonstration of sustainable horse-drawn forestry management and information about native plants. Contacts: Chris Bentley, 541-766-6819 or Bob Richardson, 541-766-6575

Bat Night! 8:45 to 10 p.m., led by Neighbordhood Naturalist; meet at Bruce Starker Arts Park parking lot (near duck pond and amphitheater). Information: Don, 541-753-7689,


Chintimini Wildlife Center Tour and Baby Shower, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. , 311 N.W. Lewisburg Ave., Corvallis. Information: 541-745-5324.

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