Restoring Oak-Prairie

A bird’s eye view of the Willamette Valley  10,000 years ago would have exposed a matrix of  oak-prairies throughout the region. Now only 5% remains–a national assessment identified it as one of the United States’ most endangered ecosystems. An oak-prairie habitat hosts a significant amount of biodiversity of both flora and fauna. A healthy ecosystem could…

Blues and our Great Blue

The Great Blue Heron’s tall silhouette in the pond barely moves for hours. It waits patiently for its prey to swim in and out of the pond shadows. Looking for the shimmer of fish, then, it darts its dagger-like beak forward. Harpooning prey and swallowing it whole. Sometimes you can watch the unfortunate, slowly slide down the…

Stepping Stones for Wildlife

2018 Ducklings at Tanner Springs Park Our stepping stone park has been home to another clutch of Mallard ducklings. In spring ten ducklings hatched of which 8 survived. Their mother’s rigorous Barre3-style exercises on our steps prepared them for their departure from the park.  In the middle of May they left for adventures and parts…