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by: COURTESY PHOTO: TILLAMOOK FOREST CENTER - Bald Eagles are efficient hunters and scavengers and rely on streams and rivers in the Tillamook State Forest. Learn about them this weekend through a free staff talk and tour at the Tillamook Forest Center.Along with daffodils and fruit blossoms, Pacific Northwest springs are marked by an explosion of wildlife activity--and by Tillamook State Forest talks that help you see it.

It’s the perfect time to enjoy Forest Grove’s backyard wilderness and the Tillamook Forest Center can help. The center is a destination for education and recreation in the coast range.

It’s events are designed to connect participants to the natural world hidden in wooded landscapes, holes, water and even overhead.

This weekend on Saturday, March 23, at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, March 24, at 1:30 p.m., the center will offer a discussion about Bald Eagles, a resident of the forest. An optional accompanying shuttle to Smith Homestead meadow where participants will hopefully catch a glimpse of wintering eagles in the historical “kissing tree” will follow the talk.

Also on tap--at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday--is a “Creature Cabins” talk, featuring nests, holes and dens of the wildlife that call the Tillamook State Forest home. Learn about these often-hidden safe havens and how to spot them while strolling in the forest.

Next weekend, on March 30 and 31, there will be more free programs on the forest’s creatures including “Browsing for by: COURTESY PHOTO: TILLAMOOK FOREST CENTER - Join Tillamook Forest staff and explore a stretch of the Wilson River looking for signs of beaver, such as this beaver-gnawed tree, during the Browsing for Beaver talks next weekend.Beavers” and the ever-popular “Nature’s Yucky.”

The events are free, but donations are welcome.

Tillamook Forest Center, 45500 Wilson River Highway, Tillamook, OR 97141. For more information, go to tillamookforestcenter.com.




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