Field Trip: The Ecology and Birds at Mount St. Helens Silver Lake with Gina Roberti
This is a drive-yourself afternoon trip to Seaquest State Park on the way to Mount St. Helens, which is approximately a one-hour, twenty-minute drive from Portland.
What makes Mount St. Helens unique for birdwatching? Volcanoes create disturbances in the landscape, and this creates a mosaic of habitat types that afford a high diversity of birds. Join naturalist Gina Roberti on an ecology and birding tour of Silver Lake at the Mount St. Helens Visitors Center at Seaquest State Park. Learn how volcanoes shape the landscape and how we, as people, can be more informed of volcanic hazards.
- The field trip will begin at the Mount St. Helens Visitors Center at Seaquest State Park and for the first 1-2 hours hike and orient along the ½ mile ADA-accessible boardwalk trail. Depending on the weather, and group energy, the field trip may extend to include hiking on trails in the forest of Seaquest State Park. The trip will move slowly along the boardwalk section and more quickly in the forested section. (At the time of the field trip, the Visitors Center may be closed, but groups are welcome to come earlier and explore the visitors center, exhibits, and ranger presentations. Our field trip will offer a few fantastic views of Mount St. Helens on clear days. For the best views into the crater, visit Johnston Ridge Observatory before or after the field trip, depending on time of year.)
- There is very little cell phone reception at the meeting location after leaving the I-5 highway corridor. Please plan in advance.
- Please dress in layers and bring water and snacks.