BIRDS, ALIENS AND MUTTS...
We've had a few sunny days in my area, which has me looking forward to summer. Along with summer comes celebrations. Some unusual, some educational, some just fun!
Thought I'd share a few of those with you:
May 18-20, 2012
Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area, LaGrande, OR
Novice and experienced bird watchers are welcome to attend the annual Ladd Marsh Birdathon at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area located 7 miles south of La Grande, Oregon. The event is an International Migratory Bird Day event scheduled at the height of spring migration and nesting in the Grande Ronde Valley. Few, if any, places in Union County have a more diverse bird population than at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. Over 200 species of birds either visit or live permanently at Ladd Marsh.
Register for the event, receive your passport and explore the wildlife area from sun up to sun down. Experienced birders will be at several birding stations to offer assistance and information about birds and bird watching. Only on this weekend will birders have the opportunity to explore places on the wildlife area generally closed to the public, providing increased opportunities to see an abundance of ducks, geese, swans, raptors, shore birds and passerines. In addition to great birding experiences, the event also includes evening speakers, kids activities, a birds of prey exhibit with live birds and more.
For a schedule of events, visit:
|From UFOfest Web site|
Friday, May 18 & Saturday, May 19, 2012
UFO Speakers · Costume Parade · Live Music · Kids’ Fun and more!
Set in a small town in the middle of Oregon wine country, the UFO Festival explores and celebrates the possibilities of life beyond Earth. Skeptics and believers alike are invited to enjoy all the events happening throughout the weekend!
Events (besides speakers) are free. Tickets to each speakers' event are $10, and will be available online or at the door, as well as a 3-event pass for $25.
The festival began as a way to honor the famous 1950 Trent sighting in which two local citizens witnessed and photographed a UFO, said to be some of the most credible images of UFOs to date. Read a detailed history of the Trent sightings. More info at <http://www.ufofest.com/>
MUTT MASTERS DOG SHOW AND OLYMPICS
Lincoln City, OR
May 19, 2012
Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics is an annual “for fun” dog show which benefits doggie related causes in Oregon. Mutt Masters welcomes friendly dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds to participate. Handlers of all skill levels too! Doggie vendors, prizes and more!
Events include: Tail Wag Champ, Cutest Puppy, Fabulous Frisbee Catcher, Unusual Pet Trick, Most Distinguished Elder, Sweetest Smoocher, Best Handshake, Best Dressed, Most Unique Looking, Dog Human Look Alike, Best in Show.
For more info: <http://www.oregoncoast.org/mutt-masters/>
WANT TO SEE MORE?
This is only a sampling. If you'd like to see more Oregon celebrations, visit the Oregon Festivals and Events Association Web site <http://www.oregonfestivals.org/>.