Field Course on Dragonflies and Damselflies

Join dragonfly experts Steven Gordon and Cary Kerst for an afternoon field course 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.

Friday, July 29, 2011
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Continue reading “Field Course on Dragonflies and Damselflies”

Dazzling Dragonflies! Family-friendly tour of Green Island

What has two pairs of wings, lives near the water, and eats mosquitoes? A dragonfly! Join experts Steve Gordon and Cary Kerst for a family-oriented dragonfly and damselfly tour of Green Island. You’ll leave this adventure knowing way more about these cool bugs and the place they call home!

Friday, July 29, 2011
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Continue reading “Dazzling Dragonflies! Family-friendly tour of Green Island”

62 Acres Near the Long Tom Grange Now Protected

The Hagen family on their property southwest of Monroe, Oregon

We’re excited to announce that the Hagen family has entered in to a Conservation Easement with the McKenzie River Trust, protecting 62 acres of their land southwest of Monroe.

“I have always felt Ferguson Creek was really special,” said landowner Trey Hagen, who grew up in the area and still has family that lives close by. Continue reading “62 Acres Near the Long Tom Grange Now Protected”

McKenzie River Cleanup

July 9, 2011
9am to 2pm

The McKenzie River Guides Association, the McKenzie Flyfishers and the McKenzie Watershed Council are sponsoring the annual McKenzie River Cleanup on Saturday, July 9th. Volunteers are needed to help keep the river scenic and clean. Boaters will pick up trash along sections of the river from Ollalie Campground to Armitage Park, and volunteers without boats will clean up heavily-used areas throughout the valley. Volunteers are especially needed to cover some of the popular public sites, such as the area around Leaburg Dam and Lake. Following the cleanup, volunteers can celebrate with a barbecue at the Hendricks Bridge Wayside. To register please contact Larry Six or Amanda Wilson at the McKenzie Watershed Council: 541-687-9076 or

Naturalist Tour of Green Island

Sunday, June 12
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“Wick-y wick-y wick…tsweeeet tsweeeet!” Do you hear the calling of early summer in the air? It doesn’t get much clearer than at Green Island, where nature surrounds you. Explore just a portion of this thousand-acre property with the naturalist team of Peg Boulay and Bruce Newhouse. Many birds will be heard and seen on this tour – that’s a guarantee! Bring your optics along: binoculars and hand lenses (we’ll pass ours around to those who don’t have any), and cameras – you will need them all for the different kinds of life we’ll see: from the flowers and frogs at our feet, to the birds and butterflies above us. Expect to hike a mile or two on fairly flat ground.

Spring Guided Bird Tour on Berggren Watershed Conservation Area

Join us for a bird walk along the Lower McKenzie River led by McKenzie River Trust staff bird enthusiast, Nicole Nielsen-Pincus! We’ll tour the riparian forest and field edges of Berggren and if time allows venture on to the neighboring Lane County property, Vickery Park, for some upland forest habitat. We’ll offer a great experience for birders of all levels. Long pants are advised and bring binoculars if you have them.

May 14, 2011
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.