National moth month events set

Join Lower Nehalem Community Trust and naturalist Jim Johnson on an amazing and wild moth odyssey. You will see unusual moths at a nighttime moth viewing event at Alder Creek Farm. Then a few days later enjoy a slide show of moths of our region at Jim’s presentation at the Pine Grove Community Center. Jim will also discuss crowdsourcing ecological data online and answer questions about how to get started as a citizen scientist on websites like iNaturalist and eBird. Bring your questions!

If you are interested in understanding more about our local moths, join us on our FREE moth night viewing on Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. at Alder Creek Farm, 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem. Please bring flashlights for everyone in your party for this rare evening viewing moths under the stars. Jim will demonstrate how to safely attract, trap, document, and release moths. After sunset everyone will gather around the illuminated moth-friendly trap to observe our moth friends more closely.

moth picture

What draws a moth to flame? Join Jim’s FREE Moths of Alder Creek Farm & Citizen Science presentation on Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita and find out. Come see dazzling images of local moths and learn about the secret life of these ubiquitous summer visitors.

Jim was recently featured at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park’s BioBlitz. His first love is odonates, and he’s been closely studying the moths of Alder Creek Farm since the spring. Registration is not required for either FREE event. For more information, visit

Naturalist, Jim Johnson.
Naturalist, Jim Johnson.

This programming is part of the Explore Nature series of hikes, walks, paddles and outdoor adventures throughout Tillamook County. Created by Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, Friends of Netarts Bay WEBS, Tillamook Bay Watershed Council and Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, these meaningful, nature-based experiences highlight the unique beauty of Tillamook County and the work being done to preserve and conserve the area’s natural resources and natural resource-based economy. This effort is partially funded by the Economic Development Council of Tillamook County and Visit Tillamook Coast. Learn more about the Explore Nature series at

Lower Nehalem Community Trust preserves land and nurtures conservation values in partnership with an engaged community in the Nehalem Region of the Oregon Coast.