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39th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival

Join us Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14 for our 39th Annual Mother’s Day Birding and Wildflower Festival! More details and an event schedule will be posted here as we draw closer to the event, so be sure to check back!

Operation Owl Prowl: Success!

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.

A Barred Owl at Silver Falls State Park

A Barred Owl at Silver Falls State Park

 

The Old Ranch before the Owl Prowl

The Old Ranch before the Owl Prowl

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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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

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!

April Fools Day Hike

April Fools Day Hike Poster 2016

WHOOOO had fun at the Owl Prowl?!

Owl Pellet Dissection 1We all had a real HOOT of a time learning all about owls last Saturday night at the Old Ranch.

Thirty-six eager owl prowlers learned what owls eat by dissecting pellets and then joined staff to practice calling for owls.  One lucky group heard a barred owl!

Old Ranch Moonlight Owl Pellet Dissection 3 Owl Pellet Dissection 2 Owl Cafeteria PresentationOwl Pellet Dissection 4

What’s that Flower I Saw?

What's that Wildflower poster 2.5Are you ready for Spring?  …We are!

As our wildflowers begin to bloom, stop by the South Falls Lodge and see what colorful residents you might find while on the trails.  Park Interpreter, Matt Palmquist, created this awesome poster to help you learn our wildflowers while relaxing in the Lodge’s Main Hall with your warm drinks.

Ready… Set… Go find our wonderful wildflowers!

Who Gives a Hoot?!

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