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    • June 01, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 25906 Sandridge Road, Ocean Park
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    Converting a field to a native forest and meadow offers benefits to both wildlife and humans; it is also a long-term process! Pat Welle has been using multiple methods to turn 1.5 acres into part forest and part wildflower meadow, with the help of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Portions of her yard have also been reduced with native plantings.

    Join Pat, and Kirsten Brennan from the Refuge, to learn about the project, plant species and methods on this small-scale restoration. Pat will give a short presentation at 10:30 am; and will lead group tours at both 11am and noon. Information will also be available for self-guided walking around the property. 

    Registration is required; event is limited to 20 people. Parking is available in the driveway and along Sandridge Road, but please use car-pooling if possible. 

    Please note:  If you register for this event, you will be asked to read and agree to our waiver form. You can view the waiver form here.

More Upcoming Adventures

Here are some dates for field trips this spring and summer. Details will be upcoming on this event page and our Facebook and Instagram pages. We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these informational and fun walks.

Friday, May 17,  5:30 OSU Chapple Big Shark Lab presentation at Adrift Hotel

Saturday, June 1, 10:00 to 1:00 From Pasture to Forest and Meadow

Thursday, June 20, 6pm - 8pm: Porter Point

Saturday, July 27, 10am - 1pm: Parker Slough

Saturday, August 17, 10am - 1pm: Leadbetter beach loop

Sunday, September 8, 10am - 12pm: Tarlatt Overlook Hike

September 20 - 22 Wings Over Willapa Festival

Sunday, October 6, 10am - 12pm: Porter Point

Fun at March Tracking Events!

The Friends sponsored two free educational and fun events celebrating nature on Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8. The first, at the Salt Hotel and Pub in Ilwaco, featured Kristi Freese, a Professional Level IV Tracker, who gave an engrossing presentation on the basics of the skill of tracking. Kristi has studied internationally with a variety of mentors, courses, and other resources. She shared the international standards for tracker skill evaluation and its history beginning in southern Africa. 

The next morning Kristi guided a group along the shoreline of Willapa Bay at Leadbetter Point to identify tracks of birds and mammals. She found some amazing tracks that included otters, birds, crabs, and even one of a coyote (below). She even pointed out the bear sign (below) where they had been chewing on our shorebird interpretative sign! We learned how to read tracks and even the best way to view them. Kristi demonstrated how to tell if animals are running or walking by the way their tracks are grouped. Kristi is an amazing naturalist and instructor, and we hope she will conduct another field trip during our Wings Over Willapa Festival on September 20 - 22, 2024.

We are planning more events for 2024 so come back soon. Our popular Wings Over Willapa Festival will be September 20 - 22, 2024.

Here are some photos from some of our events in 2023.

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