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Below are some photos from our 39th annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival. Due to cold, rainy weather, crowds were small, but everyone seemed to enjoy the activities offered.
We are gearing up for our 39th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival this weekend, May 13th and 14th. Most of the activities this year will take place on Saturday, however there will be guided walks and nature sketching classes offered on Sunday as well. The native plant display in the South Falls Lodge, bird nest box building with the Salem Audubon Society, and the native plant sale will take place both Saturday and Sunday. Most activities take place in the South Falls Day-Use Area, but two guided bird hikes will be held elsewhere in the park – those locations are noted on the map below.
The event is free, but please note that a $5 daily parking permit is required; in addition, the Audubon Society charges a $5 materials fee for building bird nest boxes.
We look forward to seeing you for another great year of birding and wildflowers!
We recently hosted our first Owl Prowl for the season at the Old Ranch. We had a very enthusiastic group of 27 (mostly first time) owlers. We had perfect weather and were rewarded by hearing a pair of Barred Owls who responded when we called them. They were very vocal – and barred owls have a very unique call! Click here to hear the sound of a pair of barred owls “caterwauling” – one of the calls they make when communicating with each other.
We are hosting a second owl prowl on Saturday, March 25th. As March 2, all spots have been filled, but we can add you to the waiting list in case somebody cancels.
Did you know that there are nine species of owls that live at Silver Falls State Park? Have you ever wanted to learn more about owls?
Silver Falls State Park will be hosting two Owl Prowls this spring! These evening programs give an overview of owls, let you have a chance to dissect an owl pellet, and join rangers on a short nighttime hike to call for some owls – with any luck, they’ll call back!
Pre-registration is required for these events and each is limited to 40 people. The dates for this year’s events are:
Saturday, February 25th at 6:00 pm and
Saturday, March 25th at 7:00 pm
Both Owl Prowls will be held at the Old Ranch at Silver Falls and will last approximately 2 hours. The events are free, but you’ll need to purchase a $5 parking permit. For more information or to register, call the interpretive office at (503) 874-0201.
We hope to see you there!
Winter has officially arrived at here at Silver Falls with a 2″ blanket of snow and subfreezing temperatures. The waterfalls and South Falls Historic District look especially enchanting in the snow.
The fresh snow also presents a wonderful opportunity to observe wildlife tracks. Many tracks can be found throughout the park, but here are some highlights. Can you guess what they are? Click the link below each track to find out who left it!
We welcome all visitors to enjoy the park in winter, but remember to be prepared for cold and icy conditions!