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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!

 

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!

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

38th Annual Birding & Wildflower Festival

Birding & Wildlflower Poster 2016

Talks & Hikes: March 31 – April 30

March 31-April 30, 2016 Program Flyer FULL ONLINE

Talks & Hikes: March 17-31

March 17-31, 2016 Program Flyer FULL ONLINE 1

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!