August Ecology Club: Webs of Life⁠—Mt Hood Arachnids & Beyond

Date: 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join us for an evening exploring some of the most fascinating creatures around Mt Hood, and likely your own neighborhood, too! Beyond arachnids' reputations as venomous threats to people, they fulfill vital ecological niches, have intriguing roles in the global economy, and are often flat-out beautiful. 

This Ecology Club introduces some of the most common arachnids spotted around Mt Hood and the greater Pacific Northwest region. In addition to covering questions that attendees are curious about, we'll also cover some very basic identification, habitats, physical characteristics (aka morphology), and a little taxonomy of how the variety of arachnids are related to each other and the rest of the invertebrate world. 

We'll also dive into some fun trivia, including: Do legendary forest scorpions exist at Hood? Which ones are actually dangerous? Why is there a color-changing spider? Are there any endangered arachnids in Oregon?

The virtual slideshow & discussion will be lead by Bark volunteer and outreach team member Julie. Julie researched arachnid ecology and evolution during their undergraduate studies, and continues checking out cool invertebrates as an enthusiast.

Register for this online event here.

Join us online the second Wednesday of each month for Ecology Club! We discuss an ecological themes related to Bark’s work on Mt Hood or seasonal skills to give the community a deeper appreciation and understanding of NW ecology. Some months feature presenters, who bring their unique skills to the community. Other times, we will work as a group on such topics as thinning, fire ecology, wildflowers, birds, road ecology, or other ecologicical knowledge.
 
At the meeting's close, we leave time open to further explore the topics of the evening, delve deeper into Bark's work to protect Mt Hood, and learn about what you can do to protect Mt. Hood National Forest!
 
This event is free + open to the public. If you have any questions, reach out to us at 503.331.0374 or email daniela@bark-out.org

Photo by Kim Hack, taken during Base Camp 2017.

Image: 
crab spider hanging off of a stick, yellowish in color with text reading ecology club meets every second wednesday of the month