Circle Creek from Headland to Floodplain

April 22, 2016

When: Saturday, June 24, 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Circle Creek Habitat Reserve, Seaside
Led by: Katie Voelke and Mike Patterson


Join North Coast Land Conservancy Executive Director Katie Voelke and naturalist Mike Patterson for an exploration of the forests in the Necanicum River floodplain forest and lower reaches of Tillamook Head in their many stages: newly planted, dead and decaying, and everything in between! We will begin at Circle Creek, one of NCLC’s largest habitat reserves and also one of the most dynamic. From there we will venture up Tillamook Head and into 340-acre Boneyard Ridge, NCLC’s newest large habitat reserve. This outing is part of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trust’s Oregon Walk the Land Day. All are welcome on this outing, but please register so we know how many participants to expect.


KATIE VOELKE grew up in Sacramento and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She worked as a field biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife before joining NCLC as its first stewardship director in 2005; three years later she became its second executive director. She and her husband, Scott Kirby, are the parents of three boys. They live in Nehalem.

MIKE PATTERSON is a biologist, educator, and professional counter of things—birds, butterflies, flowers. “The goal is to take these disparate bits of data, stitch them together, and find some portion of the ecological whole,” he writes. Mike lives in Astoria and blogs about birds and more at


Hike info: We will hike between 2.5 and 3 miles on mown grass path, dirt or gravel trail, wooden boardwalk, and overgrown forest road. We will be crossing creeks on narrow footbridges. Expect some elevation gain. No toilets on site. No dogs allowed on site.

hat to bring: Water and snacks. Binoculars are always a good idea for spotting birds and wildlife! Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the day’s weather.

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