NEHALEM – Everyone has their stories about living with the local elk herdsâ€”from photographers who canâ€™t get enough of this impressive subject, to gardeners who talk about decimated shrubs to hunters who follow their migratory patterns.Â On Friday, December 9, 7pm, in the Riverbend Room at NCRD, come and learn to separate biology from mythology when it comes to these majestic wild animals.
Join the Lower Nehalem Community Trust as it presents Bryan Swearingen, manager of the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area in an informative evening focusing on the habits, habitat and movement of elk herds. Bryan will be discussing the life cycle of the elk and will provide insights on living along side these massive mammals. Â Bryan brings 22 years of experience with the Roosevelt Elk population in areas reaching as far east as Mt. Hood, as far north as the Columbia River, as far west at the North Oregon coast and as far south as Neskowin.
His wealth of knowledge includes his tenure as theÂ Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlifeâ€™sÂ Columbia Region Wildlife Habitat biologist from 1989- 1997, working with the Green Forage Program, which helps minimize elk damage in residential areas by improving the forage quality for elk on private and public lands. Â Â In 1998, Bryan accepted the manager position at the Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area where he now works to provide habitat for up to 200 elk during the winter and spring months. Â He will beÂ giving an overview of this preserve andÂ sharing about the challenges and successes at Jewell Meadows.
Bryan will be joined at the â€œElk-Stravaganzaâ€ by local elk enthusiasts who have a deep understanding of the patterns and habits of our local herds. Attendees are encouraged to bring stories to share and questions to have answered.
Admission is $5 for general public and free for LNCT members. Â Annual membership in the Lower Nehalem Community Trust supports local land conservation and nature education for children and adults.Â Benefits of membership include free or reduced admission at Trust events, workshops and speakers, monthly e-bulletin, semi-annual newsletter, decal and more. Â Â For more information about this event or to become a member of the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, call 503-368-3203. Â LNCT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002.