Join Lower Nehalem Community Trust and naturalist Jim Johnson on an odyssey exploring the moths of the Oregon North Coast. Johnson’s free presentation, Moths of Alder Creek Farm & Citizen Science, is Tuesday, July 26, at 7 pm at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita.

What draws a moth to flame? How can you tell a butterfly from a moth? Where do moths go during the day? Learn the answer to these questions and more, plus find out how to become citizen science. Johnson will discuss crowdsourcing ecological data online and answer questions about how to get started as a citizen scientist on websites like iNaturalist and eBird.

Since the spring Jim has been researching and documenting the moths of our region and more specifically the moths of Alder Creek Farm, a 59-acre wildlife refuge, natural area, and small-scale community farm in Nehalem and owned by Lower Nehalem Community Trust. The Pine Grove presentation includes images of his moth findings, as well as how to safely attract, trap, document, and release moths.

Johnson was recently featured at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park’s BioBlitz. His first love is odonates (dragonflies and damselflies), and he’s been closely studying the moths of Alder Creek Farm since the spring. Registration is not required for this free event. For more information, visit www.nehalemtrust.org/.

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