Over 100 people showed up to participate in our annual Independence Day Parade in the Silver Falls Campground! Spirits were high and decorations abounded as we snaked our way through the campground, joined by many of our community partners – staff from the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center, the YMCA Camp Silver Creek, and the Drakes Crossing Volunteer Fire Department, and a special appearance by our Junior Ranger mascot, JR Beaver. Thanks to all who joined us – we hope to see you all again next year!
Category Archives: Park Happenings
It’s a hairy woodpecker! Park staff heard a knocking on the outer wall of the South Falls Lodge, and looked outside to find a hairy woodpecker (Leuconotopicus villosus) pecking around the wall looking for bugs. Note the bird’s powerful beak, zygodactyl (X-shaped) claws, and stiff tail feathers supporting it while it clings to the wall – all of which are adaptations that help woodpeckers in their daily lives.
For more information on these fascinating birds, look here.
And check out these videos of the Catamount Trail Construction from the Salem Area Trail Alliance:
Ten beautiful works of art will be on display shortly at the Silver Falls Lodge and Conference Center. As you can see from the group selection process, we had the challenge of just picking 10 of Peace’s amazing work. Check out this link for a video tour of Peace’s Old Ranch Studio: Peace Studio Tour Link
Our Earth Day Clean-up was a HUGE success!
We had over 300 pounds of invasive plants removed from approximately 4 acres of the South Falls Day-use Area and Canyon Trail. Volunteers were so enthusiastic that other visitors wanted to join in on the fun and asked where they could get bags to help pick up litter as well. Future generations of Oregonians learned the great habit of helping keep our special places clean!