A pair of activities from the Yaquina Birders & Naturalists have the changeable spring weather covered, with an indoor naturalist presentation set for Thursday, April 19, followed by a guided walk on Saturday, April 21.
The presentation, held at the OSU Extension office in Newport, will see Steve Holzman talk about the oldest continually operating hawk banding station in North America. For the past eight years, he and his wife, Rachel, have spent a week assisting the hawk and owl banders in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin, on the shore of Lake Michigan. His presentation will touch on the history of the station, the methods used to trap and band hawks and owls, and results spanning more than 60 years. The show will feature close-up pictures of some of the most photogenic and dramatic birds in North America.
Holzman, who moved to Newport last June, is the data manager for the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Seabird Program. His presentation will begin at 7 pm at 1211 SE Bay Blvd.
On Saturday, April 21, Sally Lockyear and Betty Bahn will lead a guided naturalist walk through Gerdemann Botanic Preserve in Yachats.
Created by Dr. James Gerdemann as an experimental outdoor laboratory, this 3.5 acre preserve includes exotic species like New Zealand tree fern, Australian Grevillia, Chilean Flame and Lantern Tree.
The two-hour walk will start at 9 am at the north end of Yachats. Turn east off Highway 101 on Forest Hills Road then right on Wiedeman Court, meeting in the parking lot at the end of the road. For more information, call Bahn at 541-547-3693.