If you were out there, thanks for stopping by and learning about this wonderful resource in
From 8-10am the education center design team met with folks from the focus groups to fill them in on what designs they have been considering. Our Mayor, Kitty Piercy, was there! During the rest of the event the team was available to meet the public and discuss the future education center.
At the WREN booth we were kept busy explaining the passports to folks and stamping them. Then, as people returned from their wetlands exploration, we were busy giving out a raffle ticket for every stamp collected – it was a lot of fun for us and the participants.
A shout out to all prize donators…
- Elmira Automotive (who have a “comfort station” along the trail near their shop: “Thanks Elmira!”) donated two gift certificates for auto care.
- My Coffee donated coffee and a thermos. They were also giving out smoothie samples along the trail near their shop. We can’t wait till they build a trail to their shop from the bike path!
- Doak Creek Nursery donated some native plants
- The City of
donated some pool passes Eugene Recreation
- J. Michaels Books donated a gift certificate
- WREN donated a copy of Dragonflies and Damselflies of the
and a Mammal Scat bandana Willamette Valley
- Café Mam donated coffee, a mug and some chocolate covered coffee beans
Thank you all!! If you participated, we will be calling the winners on Monday =)
Stream Team was there to spread the “we all live downstream” message and share how they are working to protect our waterways. A key function of wetlands is to act as a sponge to filter and slowly release water into the stream systems. Learn how you can get involved with the Team!
Invitrogen was there to inform the public about how their research and tools with molecular probes and cell staining can aid in wetlands restoration.
Paul Gordon represented the Field Operations Group (FOG) which is an interagency team focusing on wetlands restoration. There was equipment used in restoration work on display as well as native seeds. FOG does important work; this site can give you a sense of what they are up to. Thanks Paul!
The UO Environmental Leadership Wetlands Team was there to share information about the wetlands wildlife. These students have been instrumental in a very successful spring season of field trips and outreach program with WREN – thanks guys! (ps - if you follow the link, that is Holly McRae, WREN and Pat Johnston, BLM in the picture - not the Wetlands Team.)
Cary Kerst and the local chapter of North American Butterfly Association (NABA) were there to inform folks about the local Odonates and Lepidopterans which are zipping and floating all around the wetlands right now!
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It was a great day with plenty of people who were having a good time and learning about the wetlands too. The hit at our stop were the larvae and the best stamp of all of them (at least that’s what some said). The kids loved the larvae, and I had a jam up a couple of times. I'd sum it up as a little girl said as she pedaled away with her dad, “That was cool!”
Lane County Audubon Society was represented near the scope that was installed at Checkermallow Access with their generous support last year. Ron was amazed at how many species were seen just from that one spot during the morning. Yup, wetlands make wonderful habitat for our avian friends!
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