March 21, 2019

When: Saturday, August 17, 8 to 10 am
Where: Circle Creek Conservation Center, Seaside
Led by: Mike Patterson

Eventbrite - MOTHING

At its simplest, mothing is looking for and enjoying moths. According to the PNW Moths project, there are more than 1200 moth species in our region. Compare this to birds (about 600 species) or butterflies (about 150 species) and it is clear that mothing is an underappreciated and rich field of study.

Join naturalist Mike Patterson for an early check of the “moth wall” at the Circle Creek barn followed by a check of experimental moth-attracting stations around Circle Creek. (Here’s a sneak peek of species we might find.) Learn more about the difference between butterflies and moths, the places moths can be seen, and techniques for attracting, photographing, and identifying the myriad species in our region.

MIKE PATTERSON is a biologist, educator, and professional counter of things—birds, butterflies, moths, 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

Walk info: We will mainly be in and around the barn at Circle Creek but we may venture into the field a bit. No toilets on site. Please leave dogs at home.

What to bring: Water and snacks. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and dress for the day’s weather.

This program is free, but registration is required.

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