Though winter on Oregon's North Coast can bring dramatic amounts of rain and wind, there are still plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the natural world. Whether you like to brave the storms or wait for the calm breaks of sun in between, there's still time to take a beach walk to see the powerful winter waves or to go for a drizzly hike to see rain drops drip from the moss and ferns. Here are a few community events having to do with the outdoors this season.
Thursday, January 9
While this event is indoors, it will arm you with the skills you need to venture out and spot hummingbirds around the area. Barbara Linnett, who volunteered for the Wildlife Center of the North Coast for eight years, will talk about hummingbirds at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Warrenton Community Library. Participants can expect to learn about their identification, behavior, breeding, feeding, migration patterns, as well as how and where to find them locally. The class is for adults, but they are welcome to bring kids along too. To find out more about this talk, visit the event Facebook page.
Saturday, January 11
In order to maximize the amount of fruit trees bear in the summer, prune them in the winter, according to the Lower Nehalem Community Trust. The group is putting on a free pruning workshop from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday at Alder Creek Farm in Nehalem. David Sipp, a professional arborist at Ecological Trees, will teach you the best ways to prune trees for maximum production, whether the trees are old, young or overgrown. You can bring your own gloves and pruning shears, or you can borrow some at the event. Orchardists from the Community Garden will be around to demonstrate the pruning techniques on some of the many types of fruit trees on site. Anyone age 10 and up is welcome to come out and learn the skills.
Wednesday, January 15
Give your fellow creatures of the North Coast a helping hand during a volunteer stewardship day at Circle Creek Convention Center in Seaside. The North Coast Land Conservancy will guide participants in creating heaps of woody debris as a habitat for many species. These large piles are perching sites for songbirds, shelter for frogs and salamanders and resting places for juvenile salmon. The wood breaks down over time, putting rich nutrients into the soil. Bring sturdy boots, gloves, drinking water and lunch. Let NCLC Stewardship Director Melissa Reich know if you plan to attend by contacting (503) 738-9126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Credits to North Coast Land Conservancy
These are just some of the ways to get outside during the winter season on the North Coast. Find out about other upcoming events and things to do on our North Coast Daytime Events page as well as our North Coast Nightlife calendar.