Flora and Fauna of the Rainforest Reserve

May 25, 2021

Miss the presentation? You can watch a recording here!

When: Wednesday, June 16, 6 to 7:30 pm
Where: Zoom
Presented by: Mike Patterson


Discover the wild and wonderful Rainforest Reserve, a coastal landscape of epic proportions. Since long before we humans first ascended its peaks to soak up its breathtaking views, these mountains have been home to an abundance of rare and diverse plants and wildlife. What may look like an ordinary coastal forest is actually quite extraordinary. Within this evergreen realm thrives a complex community of plants and animals—from dragonflies to elk and eagles. Some of the plant and animal species found in the Rainforest Reserve live nowhere else on the planet. Relics of an ancient volcanic event, these peaks—islands in the sky—were once isolated by an oceanic moat. That isolation gave rise to a unique landscape of incredible diversity, not unlike the famed Galapagos Islands. Presenter Mike Patterson will discuss some of the common, and not so common,  plants and animals that characterize the Rainforest Reserve.

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 surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries.

This program is free, but registration is required.


  1. Phyllis Gaebel says:

    Thanks! I’d love to watch and listen!

  2. Ned J Knight says:

    Small World! About 20 yrs ago, Mike lent some of his shorebird expertise to my Linfield College Shoreline Ecology class of adult students, if I recall taking us to a couple of great birding spots on a July afternoon, for about 3 summers in a row.

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