March events at the Tillamook Forest Center

March 9 (Sat.) 11:00 a.m.

SEE THE FOREST FOR THE BEES

Oregon Department of Forestry forensic scientists will demonstrate how Oregon’s forests are managed as part of the Fresh Brewed Forestry series, which showcases presenters once a month during the spring and fall. This presentation focuses on the more than 500 species of bees present in Oregon forests, including how they can be protected and where they are found. Forest entomologist Christine Buhl will lead the discussion on enhancing pollinator habitats and health and what individuals can do to protect their forestlands. To register send the names of all attending via email to luke.c.wahl@oregon.gov.

March 23 (Sat.) 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

FAIRY HOUSE AND GNOME GAMES

Naturalists will use rocks, moss, grasses, twigs and other natural items found in the forest to construct unique fairy houses, gnome homes, and toad huts for the animals of the forest to create a Fairy House Village. Visitors can view the work during the day, and it will be used by “enchanted inhabitants” by night.

March 24 (Sun.) 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

SIGNS OF WILDLIFE

What types of animals live in Oregon forests and where are they typically located? Interpreters will lead a forest walk to show visitors how to recognize clues left behind by animals and share tips designed to enhance people’s chances of spotting wildlife and awareness of their presence.

March 29 (Fri.) 1:30 p.m.

WILDFLOWER WALK

With the arrival of spring naturalists will lead an easy, guided walk to share trilliums, candy flowers, wood violets, sour grass and other forest wildflowers.

March 30 (Sat.) 11:30 p.m.

KILLER BIRDS

The forest center will lead visitors in a discussion on birding. The main topic is how birds hunt, including why some use their bills to stab their prey and others hover close to the ground to stalk and hunt, as well as how birds have adapted their predator skills.

March 30 (Sat.) 1:30 p.m.

NATURE’S YUCKY

Join the forest center for a program that sheds light on why some animals have “gross” behavior. For instance were you aware salmon rot while still alive, that turkey vultures defecate on their feet, or that honey bees vomit? As gross as it seems, each of these actions have a unique purpose. The discussion will focus on why nature can be so beautiful and gross at the same time.

March 31 (Sun.) 11:30 a.m.

WILDFLOWER WALK

With the arrival of spring naturalists will lead an easy, guided walk to share trilliums, candy flowers, wood violets, sour grass and other forest wildflowers.

March 31 (Sun.) 1:30 p.m.

KILLER BIRDS

The forest center will lead visitors in a discussion on birding. The main topic is how birds hunt, including why some use their bills to stab their prey and others hover close to the ground to stalk and hunt, as well as how birds have adapted their predator skills.