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Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Photos

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.

Over 100 species of native plants were on display in the South Falls Lodge.

Professional Birding Guide Steve Shunk led visitors on a number of bird walks. Here, participants are watching a red-breasted sapsucker (a type of woodpecker) drumming on a light pole.

Susan Lafontaine and Stanley the Great Horned Owl from the Oregon Raptor Center presented a program about raptors titled “Feathered Hunters, Flying Mothers”

Friends of Silver Falls Interpreter Kim Maley arranging plants for the Native Plant Sale. We partnered with Champoeg Nursery this year and were able to provide 49 different species of native plants for sale.

The South Falls Lodge was a great place to escape from the rain! The native plant display continued its tradition of being one of the most popular activities of the event.

 

Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival Event Schedule

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!

 

Silver Falls Star Party is coming!

Join us Saturday, August 27th, for our 12th annual Silver Falls Star Party! The event will be held from 9 pm to midnight and will feature telescopes hosted by astronomers from Salem’s Night Sky 45 Astronomy Club. Bring a blanket and warm clothes for an evening of stargazing!

The event is free, but visitors must purchase a $5 day-use parking permit.

We hope to see you there!Silver Falls 12th Annual Star Party Flyer 2

4th of July Fun at Silver Falls

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!

Trucks lined up

Stephanie and JR

JR shaking hands

And they're off

38th Annual Birding & Wildflower Festival

Nature Crafts Turtle Ridge Raptor PresentationSteve Shunk Morning Birding  TourAudubon Society Bird Nest Boxes Christine Elder Sketching Class Crafting Family (Christmas Festival Grand Prize Winner 2015) Cute Crafters Native Plant Display John Savage Plant Tour Griffin the Vulture Susan LaFontaine and Stanley Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center Steve Shunk Woodpecker Presentation Stamen & Pistil Native Plant Sale

This Weekend: Birds, Wildflowers, & Mother’s Day Brunch

Saturday, May 7th

2016 Birding & Wildflower Festival Event Guide Page 1 2016 Birding & Wildflower Festival Event Guide Page 2 2016 Birding & Wildflower Park Interior Directions Page 1 2016 Birding & Wildflower Park Interior Directions Page 2

Sunday, May 8th

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(Limited Seating Available, Reserve Your Spot Early)
Big Leaf Dining Hall at Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center

Adults $29.95 | Seniors $27.95 | Children ages 4-12, $14.95

Advanced reservation required.
Please call (866) 575-8875 for reservations.

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Talks & Hikes: May 3-10

May 3-10, 2016 Program Flyer

38th Annual Birding & Wildflower Festival Event Guides

2016 Birding & Wildflower Festival Event Guide Page 1 2016 Birding & Wildflower Festival Event Guide Page 22016 Birding & Wildflower Park Interior Directions Page 12016 Birding & Wildflower Park Interior Directions Page 2

38th Annual Birding & Wildflower Festival

Birding & Wildlflower Poster 2016

No Foolin’ Our Hikers!

I'm No Fool Hike Hands 2016

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Silver Falls is closed this weekend.

The ground under our waterfalls is from Washington.

Cars went over South Falls.

April Fools?

1- Fooling.  2 – No Fooling.  and 3 – No Fooling.

Our hikers didn’t believe our unfortunate online miscommunication that recently found it’s way to the web (yes, our day-use areas are open 7 days a week 8am – 9pm) but were surprised to discover that lava flows from eastern WA and OR brought our basalt rock layers we see today underneath our waterfalls.  And yes, cars were pushed over South Falls in 1928!

Happy April Fools Day from Silver Falls!