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Siskiyou Field Institute

January 2022

Intro to Native Bees: Ecology, Conservation, & ID

January 31 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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2-week online series
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$60

Native bees are amazingly diverse, not just in how they look, but in how they forage, nest, pollinate and so much more. Through sharing personal experiences with bees in the field, ample photos and videos, and scientific research, instructor Brian Dykstra will guide students to recognize and understand this diversity, and then to apply this understanding to larger concepts. Topics will include how to identify common native bee groups, bee ecology and floral relationships, endangered bees, invasive bees, global warming,…

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February 2022

Birding Del Norte: On the Coast

February 12 @ 8:00 am - February 13 @ 5:00 pm
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One event on February 13, 2022 at 8:00 am

Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$135

This small California county has a surprising diversity of habitats and as a result at least 425 bird species have been recorded there (this compares to only 282 in neighboring Josephine County)! We will spend the weekend visiting its best coastal (and a few inland) birding locations. Well over 100 species are expected, including a high diversity of seabirds, waterfowl, and gulls as well as some shorebirds. Special effort will be made to find any rarities that have been reported.…

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March 2022

Sketching Spring Blooms & Foliage

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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4-week online series
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$115

Keeping a sketchbook and a nature journal is a great way to connect with nature. While sketching and observing one develops a keen sense of perceiving details that went unnoticed before and a profound joy and connection with nature. In this 4-week course we will explore ways to start or deepen your sketchbook and journaling practice. We will experiment with simple media and learn pencil, colored pencils and pen techniques, we will play with ways to sketch and draw in…

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Raptors & Waterfowl of Lower Klamath Lake

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$70

Watch Golden Eagles in courtship flight, Great Horned Owls sleeping off the previous night’s hunting activity, and flocks of shorebirds on the edges of vast Klamath Lake. The mighty Klamath Basin teems with bird life in early spring: we hope to glimpse eagles, hawks, owls, shorebirds and other migrants as they forage and start to exhibit breeding behaviors. We’ll focus on field identification and natural history during car trip birding, making frequent stops for field observation. Ages 12+ welcome.

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April 2022

Meet the Trees

April 10 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Riverside Park Grants Pass Oregon Grants Pass, OR 97527 United States + Google Map
$35

Can you tell a fir from a pine? An ash from a maple?  Tree blindness, especially conifer confusion are common maladies – but this course will cure you. There are numerous examples of native Oregon trees, including some very old and large conifers, at Riverside Park in Grants Pass. You will learn how to use all of your senses to identify trees by their bark, leaves, flowers and seeds, plus interesting stories about their history and uses. Appropriate for families…

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In Search of Serpentine’s Sister: Uniting Indigenous and Natural Histories

April 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$70

This overview of the natural and indigenous history of the Illinois Valley, with a special focus on animated serpentine and her botanical offspring, will aim to provide an appreciation for the rich and alluring tales of the larger world we inhabit. Via the entangled reciprocities of serpentine life, this course will examine how ancient and science views can unite and blend, informing us what’s good to keep, eat, cure, weave, and think, and how thankfulness and cooperation can lessen the…

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Waters, Wind & Sand: Ecology at the Mouth of the Coquille

April 30 @ 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:00 am, repeating until May 1, 2022

Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$165

From ocean beaches to grassy dunes to estuarine wetlands to rocky shore, the Mouth of the Coquille River offers a stunning variety of natural habitats to discover. This weekend in the field will traverse the major habitats of the area, exploring from the sea’s edge to forests. Along the way you’ll learn about the natural systems there, including the geology, botany, birds and other wildlife, plus a bit of human history. From tide-pooling to searching for snowy plovers, this light-walking…

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May 2022

Coastal Geology Tour

May 5 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$70

Get ready to learn about an area so complex that even geologists disagree as to where the Siskiyou Mountains end and where the generally more recent Franciscan begins (or whether it’s a part of the Siskiyous altogether). We’ll go coastal from the OR/CA border to just south of Gold Beach to find out when or if the Siskiyous stopped growing, why they are uplifting and moving north, and how California and Oregon geologists duke it out and what that tells…

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Camassia: a Southern Oregon Gem

May 8 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$50

Come learn about the genus Camassia, an important contribution of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion to North America. Students will learn all about this spring flowering genus, including identification, anatomy, physiology, natural and cultural history, and current conservation efforts. Includes handan excursion to a local site to see camas blooming, and a chance to taste prepared camas bulbs. Ages 16+ welcome.

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Spring Mushrooms of the Southern Cascades

May 15 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$75

Learn all about spring-fruiting fungi: the edible, non-edible, and toxic. This course provides the basics on local species along with expert field guidance and identification from our instructor on a trip to common fungi fruiting spots. Ages 16+ welcome.

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Birding Del Norte: Coastal Plain & Upland

May 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until May 29, 2022

Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$135

This small California county has a surprising diversity of habitats and as a result at least 425 bird species have been recorded there (this compares to only 282 in neighboring Josephine County)! We will spend the weekend visiting its best coastal and inland birding locations. Well over 100 species are expected, including a high diversity of seabirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds. Special effort will be made to find any rarities that have been reported and there will be a strong…

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June 2022

Amphibians and Reptiles of the Klamath-Siskiyous

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until June 4, 2022

Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$25 – $70

Gain a familiarity with the diversity of amphibians and reptiles in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion. An online presentation and discussion period will cover evolutionarily unique species in the region, as well as the need for broad strategies to conserve these organisms and their habitats. Then spend Saturday getting hands-on instruction in the field, exploring river, pond, and terrestrial sites for a myriad of resident amphibian and reptile species. Ages 12+ welcome. $70 full class, $25 online only.

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Oregon’s Geology: Getting the Big Picture

June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00 pm, repeating until June 10, 2022

One event on June 11, 2022 at 9:30 am

Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$60 – $125

The Pacific Northwest is the youngest part of North America and Oregon is in the middle of it all. Made up of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks that intermingle, juxtapose, and flow together in the West Coast to make a varied landscape. Where do the Klamath/Siskiyou Mountain Ranges fit in this sequence? How does Oregon hold the key to mammal evolution? Where do the Cascade Volcanics fit in this pattern? Join for 2 online sessions plus a field excursion to…

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Cascade-Siskiyou Butterflies & Diurnal Moths

June 14 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:30 am, repeating until June 16, 2022

Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$195

Over 100 species of butterflies inhabit the Cascade-Siskiyou region. Gain an appreciation for the diversity of Cascade-Siskiyou butterflies, a keener eye to see them with, the ability to recognize common species, and get hands-on practice observing, netting, and identifying in the field. After a first day classroom introduction to butterflies – what they are, what they do, and the array of local species – we will carpool to the field daily to seek out the butterflies of the Illinois Valley…

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Coastal Marine Life

June 17 @ 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
OR United States + Google Map
$65

Join us in exploring the extremely diverse wet habitats and “bizarre” life forms dwelling along the ragged edge of Curry County’s wild rivers coast. You’ll meet many local ocean animals, plants, environments and issues. Become acquainted with the physical, biological and oceanographic processes influencing their form, function, interactions, survival and distribution. We’ll also discuss uses of these marine resources by wildlife, coastal tribes and communities throughout time. Ages 12+ welcome.

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Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Illinois Valley

June 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Siskiyou Field Institute, 1241 Illinois River Rd
Selma, OR 97538 United States
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$80

Expand your foraging knowledge and explore the useful flora all around you in the Illinois Valley. Learn basic botany and plant identification skills, which plants are edible and have medicinal uses, as well as various extraction and medicine making methods. Finally you’ll get hands-on practice at making tinctures and more with plant material gathered during your exploration in the field. Ages 12+ welcome. $80 (includes $10 materials fee).

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