TILLAMOOK STATE FOREST - The Oregon Department of Forestry offers free programs for the public to learn about the Tillamook Forest Saturday, Aug. 28.

At 2 p.m. at the Gales Creek Campground Day Use Area, join naturalists to learn how to identify many of the forest's butterflies. Find out more about the habits of these beautiful insects and where to find them in the nearby woods and meadows.

Take a close-up look at the owls of the Tillamook State Forest at 7 p.m. in the Smith Homestead Day Use Area. Learn to identify these incredible birds of prey and recognize their calls. Find out the adaptations that make these birds some of the most skilled nocturnal hunters in the forest. Learn the signs to look for to help you find owls in their natural habitat.

If you have a group that enjoys the outdoors and would like to learn about the Tillamook Forest, call (503) 359-7494 to schedule a personalized program. A notice of two weeks in advance is requested for private groups.

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