Thursday, October 10, 2019

Water Quality Curriculum


A huge "THANK YOU" goes out to Vernier Software & Technology out of Beaverton, OR for their generous donation to WREN. We were gifted a LabQuest2, Conductivity, Temperature, pH, and Dissolved Oxygen probes to use with our new Water Quality curriculum. If you are a teacher interested in learning how your students can take advantage of this exciting technology in the field, please contact WREN's Program Coordinator, to learn more!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Thank You


Thank you all for joining Jason, Mieko and I for our first Wetland Wander of the year over at Turtle Flats. We enjoyed exploring the fish and turtle restoration efforts made by The Nature Conservancy and The Friends of Buford Park and learning more about what the future holds for this special site.

Friday, January 4, 2019

January Wetland Wander


Wetland Wander
Location: Turtle Flats

Turtle Flats is a 63 acre conservation property owned by the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah located at the western entrance to the Greater Mount Pisgah Area near the confluence of the Coast and Middle forks of the Willamette River. The site features 6 ponds, the confluence of Russel Creek and Wild Hog Creek, as well as connections to the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Since 2015, the Friends have undertaken intensive restoration efforts to remove trash (hundreds of tires, concrete, bales of steel rebar, asphalt, a vw bug...), manage invasive species, reshape former gravel pits to better accommodate emergent vegetation and wildlife as well as to connect them to the rivers for off-channel fish habitat. Volunteers, staff, and contractors installed and cared for tens of thousands of plants over the last few years. 
Friends host work parties the second Saturday of each month for volunteers to assist with stewardship activities including installation of native plants, invasive species management, and monitoring vegetation and wildlife.

Directions:
This link shows a map with the pin at the entrance gate: 
From 30th Ave., head east past LCC and cross over I-5. Turn left at the stop sign (Franklin Boulevard). Take the next right after the Shell station (Franklin Boulevard East) and pass under the railroad tracks.  Note the chain link fence on the left and look for the gate just before the road curves to the right. The gate will be open and someone will show you where to park. 

Please wear your rubber boots! 

Wetland Wanders are casual walks through the West Eugene Wetlands. Walks are free and open to the public. Bring water and appropriate layers, WREN will provide binoculars.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Amazon Smile


Thank you for all of your support, this year! Don't forget to wrap up your holiday shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/93-1287717 and AmazonSmile donates to Willamette Resources & Educational Network (WREN).  

Friday, November 30, 2018

Wetland Wander


Join us for our next Wetland Wander!

When: Tuesday, December 11th, 9-11 A.M.

Where: Delta Ponds!

Meet on the footbridge across the Willamette River
in the parking lot behind the Valley River Center; 293 Valley River Center.

Walk Leader: Dave Bontrager

Owned by the city of Eugene, Delta Ponds features numerous ponds, channels, wetlands, and riparian areas. In the winter, it becomes a micro-habitat for birds seeking shelter and can be an excellent location for spotting a vari- ety of different ducks on the water, Cormorants, Bald eagles and possibly even a Great horned owl. Join expert birder from the Lane County Audubon, Dave Bontrager in this special Wetland Wander as we embark on a winter birding scavenger-hunt in the wetlands.

Are you a beginning birder interested in learning more about bird identification? Dave will be leading a Beginning Birding course this Spring with WREN. Join us to learn more about it!

Wetland Wanders are casual walks through the West Eugene Wetlands. Walks are free and open to the public. Bring wa- ter, binoculars, close-toed shoes and dress for the weather.