Guided Walks

Get to know Green Island by joining a free, informative walk guided by a local nature expert or McKenzie River Trust staff member. Guided tours will meet near the registration booth.

Walk details are listed below.

7:30 to 9am: Bird Walk

Green Island provides habitat for over 150 species of birds. Join bird experts Barbara and Dan Gleason, owners of Wild Birds Unlimited, for an early morning bird walk to see some of the property’s inhabitants. Bring your binoculars!

9 to 10:30am: Family Friendly Walk

Participants of all ages are invited to take a morning stroll around Green Island. Staff from Willamette Resources Education Network (WREN) will be guiding this family-friendly tour to explore and experience the beauty of the outdoors.

9:30 to 10:30am: RaptorViews Demonstration

Join Philip Bayles at the Coburg Aggregate Reclamation Project (CARP) for a demonstration of his RaptorViews airplane, a radio controlled aerial photography operation. RaptorViews gives us unique perspectives on the landscape that we share: the world the way it appears to the hawks and eagles. Philip has undertaken well over 500 flights, and given many hundreds of images to several dozen agencies involved in land conservation, preservation, and restoration projects. **Meet at CARP

10 to 11:30am: Qigong by the River

Join Guru Hari Khalsa for 90 minutes of Qigong (a Chinese form of Yoga) where we will stretch and stimulate the blood and energy circulation of the body. A simple qigong practice helps you feel both relaxed and energized. Qigong practices combine movement coordinated with the breath and visualization which connects us with nature and her vitality. Open to all ages and levels of movement.

10am to 12pm: Native Plants and Pollinators

Explore the nature and ecology of Green Island with naturalists Peg Boulay and Bruce Newhouse. Wildflowers and trees, birds and bees, the interaction of these — and anything else you please!

10:30 to 12pm: Green Island Conservation Tour

Explore this breadth of this 1,100-acre property with McKenzie River Trust Executive Director Joe Moll. From planting more than half a million trees and shrubs to removing levees to constructing new habitat for fish and wildlife, Green Island has been a hub of restoration work since 2005. This tour will help you understand the conservation value of Green Island and the rivers that surround it.

11am-1pm: River Walk

How does the Willamette River shape the landscape? How do humans impact the Willamette? What does the future look like for the Willamette River? Learn the answers to these questions with Pat McDowell, Fluvial Geomorphologist at the University of Oregon, as you stroll along the river.

11:30am to 1pm: Mammals of Green Island Walk

Join naturalist Dave Walp on this tour of Green Island to learn about some of the hairy creatures that call this special place home.

12 to 2pm: Dragonfly & Damselfly Walk

Join odonata expert Cary Kerst for an afternoon walk focused on dragonflies and damselflies. Learn about the life cycle, preferred habitat, and behavior of these fascinating creatures who call Green Island home. Bring your binoculars. Note: this in-depth educational tour is meant for adults and mature kids only.

1 to 2:30pm: Coburg Aggregate Reclamation Project

In 2014, the Coburg Aggregate Reclamation Project (CARP) on the south side of Green Island saw a massive transformation from gravel pits to fish and wildlife habitat. Why did we do it? And how? Join Christer LaBrecque, MRT Restoration Projects Manager for an in-depth tour of CARP.

2:30 to 4pm: Birds & Bugs of Green Island

Take a stroll with local naturalist Rick Ahrens to explore the many creatures, large and small, that walk, fly and crawl around Green Island.

 

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