[Flora Northwest] [Pacific Northwest Wildflower Bloom Reports: 2012]

Wildflower Hikes and Nature Field Trips Near Portland or at Various Locations in the Cascade Mountains and Columbia River Gorge

Winter, Spring and Summer 2011

Obscure Buttercup: Ranunculus triternatus

The obscure buttercup (Ranunculus triternatus) which began blooming in the Columbia Hills by mid-January, 2012.

Catherine Creek Hike: Saturday April 7, 2012
We’ll walk the route of a proposed trail from Catherine Creek to Minor Creek, then follow roads and trails up Tracy Hill to see where the equestrian trail is routed. The current status of the Catherine Creek Recreation Plan will be discussed. At least 50 flower species should be blooming by this date including Camassia quamash, Cardamine nuttallii, Dodecatheon poeticum, Fritillaria affinis, Fritillara pudica, Plectritis congesta and perhaps some rare species. Moderate walking of 4 to 5 miles with 900 ft. elevation gain, some cross country. 120 mile round-trip drive. Information: Paul Slichter at 503-661-3292 or pslichter@frontier.com

Meeting:  Oregon Butterflies and Their Relationship to Flowering Plants: Thursday April 12, 7:00 pm
METRO Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Ave, Portland, Oregon
Join Bill Neill, author of "Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest, to discuss two types of interplay between butterflies and plants. One is cross fertilization traded for nectar, and the other is a caterpillar's attempt to use a plant for food. Bill also will describe the concept of species-specific host plants. We will have copies of "Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest" available for purchase. Use the Metro Regional Center entrance at the south side of the plaza on Irving Street. Information: Angie Moore at mlm@teleport.com or 503-292-2093.

Rowena Plateau Hike: Saturday April 21, 2012
Two mile leisurely hike round trip with small elevation changes. Join this exploratory hike to discuss and learn about the wildflowers of this amazing wonderland of wildflowers in April. Expect to see Gray's desert parsley, shooting stars, prairie stars, and upland larkspurs among other plants, as well as beautiful views of the Columbia River, unusual mound and swale topography, and many birds. Limited to 10 attendees. Contact Mary Bushman at m.botanist@gmail.com to register and receive information about meeting places and times.

Memaloose Hills Hike: Thursday April 26, 2012
Moderate, 4.5 miles, 700 foot elevation gain, hike in the east Gorge. We will be looking for early to midspring wildflowers. Memaloose Hills hike is one that you will not find in any book and can only be done for the first time with someone who knows the trail. This trail is jam-packed with a large variety of species and big shows of either Collinsia parviflora or Balsamorhiza deltoidea. boasts a pioneer road, basalt formations, several lovely views of the Columbia River and views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams. Located just east of the town of Mosier, this is flower-filled hike, was a favorite of Russ Jolley's. 140 miles round-trip drive. Sign up will be available at the monthly chapter meetings or contact Beth Magnus at magnuselisabth@gmail.com

Three Creeks Natural Area Hike: May 3, 2012
An easy hike through the 3-Creeks Natural Area in North Clackamas County. The hike is on undeveloped trails through oak woodlands, bottomland hardwood forests, seasonal wetlands, and one of the largest populations of camas in the Metro region. We will be looking for camas, checker lilly, white fawn lilly, trillium (Pacific and small flower), and other surprises. Less than half a mile from Exit 14 (Sunnyside Blvd.) off of I-205. Contact Rick Till at ricktill@gmail.com or 503-750-6599 for more information.

Cooper’s Mountain Hike: Friday May 4, 2012
Explore Coopers Mountain with taxonomist Erin Riggs.

Grass Identification Class & Hike: Sunday May 6, 2012
Led by Rick Shory, who has worked botanically with grasses since 1993. A 4-hour grass id/hike at Tualatin River NWR. We will easily find all the grasses we need within a quarter mile of the refuge center. This class is fine for first timers or for those already working with grasses. Attendees will use visual recognition or your preferred key. 32 mile round trip drive. Contact Rick Shory at rickshory@gmail.com or 503-253-8100 for additional information on the class and to sign up. On the day of the class, contact Rick on his mobile at 360-774-6593.


For a Broader View of Upcoming NW Wildflower Hikes and Events :

Portland Chapter Native Plant Society of Oregon - Changes and updates may appear more quickly on this site for this chapters' events!

Native Plant Society of Oregon (Click on "What's New" and then "NPSO Calendar" for a list of current events.)

Washington Native Plant Society (Find Local Chapters in the Menu at left, then click on Field Trips.)

Friends of the Columbia Gorge (They lead several hikes in the Columbia River Gorge each weekend!)

Klickitat Trail Conservancy (They lead at least one hike or bike ride along a section of the Klickitat Trail throughout the spring with several trips hosted during the fall season.)

Columbia Land Trust(They have purchased a number of land parcels of good natural and scenic quality in the Columbia River and Klickitat River Gorges and will lead hikes, or will have work parties, on occasion throughout the year. They currently have hikes scheduled for April 22 and May 6, so contact them for more information or to reserve your place!)

Oregon Wild (They lead hikes to the Columbia River Gorge and to other sites in Oregon throughout the year.)

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