Saturday, May 30, 2009

Three New Dragonflies in West Eugene Wetlands

During the past week, I have found three dragonflies at Sandpiper Pond that we have not found there before. This brings the number of Odonata species that have been seen at Sandpiper Pond to 36. They are all known from the Eugene area. The Spot-winged Glider is a migratory species and likely flew in from some distant place like the southwest United States. They were observed ovipositing, but we don't know if they successfully complete their life cycle in Oregon.

Pacific Clubtail

Dot-tailed Whiteface

Spot-winged Glider

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday, May 24 in the Wetlands

Lorquins Admiral mudding

Red Wing Blackbird with Darner

Marsh Wren singing

Black Tern

OK, you Blue experts. I thought this looked like an Eastern Tailed Blue. What say you??

Monday, May 18, 2009

Life Technologies volunteers "Wade for the Wetlands"

Last Wednesday, 28 volunteers from Life Technologies volunteered their time to clean-up Amazon Creek between Beltline and Terry. Three years ago, Life Technologies (formally Invitrogen) adopted a section of the creek through the Eugene Stream Team's adoption program.

Volunteers removed blackberries and scotch broom, and hauled an incredible amount of trash from the creek, in just four short hours. If you'd like to see just how much trash was removed, come to the Walkin' and Rollin' through the Wetlands event on May 30th, where the trailer will be parked for all to see. For more information visit

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wetland Wander, Stewart Pond Area

Windy but no rain and the five participants enjoyed an exploration of meadows and forest. Camus was in bloom, grass was green, oaks (white and black) were leafed out. We saw red-winged blackbirds, a red-tailed hawk, goldfinches, several kinds of swallows, a cinnamon teal and a green winged teal along with the usual scattering of Canada geese.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Turtles & Mergansers

WREN recently received a couple of wildlife photos to share. The first is a Western Pond Turtle taken by photographer Steve Reed in the mid-Willamette Valley. These turtles can often be seen right here in the West Eugene Wetlands, especially in Amazon Creek, basking in the sun! Doesn't this one look like it is wearing a big grin?!

The second photo was sent to us by Kenny Lee Mock: a pair of Hooded Mergansers in Amazon Creek.

Thank you for sharing these photos!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ragged Painted Ladies
You've probably seen these Painted Ladies around the area. They look pretty worn out after traveling 500, 600 or maybe 700 miles from California. Art Shapiro at UCD says these are some of the migrants from California ( A truly amazing trip on those little wings!

The Bee Flies ( Bombyliidae) were out feeding on nectar with that long proboscis and pollinating our flowers. Interestingly, the larvae of these flies are parasites of solitary bees!

The Camas and Bradshaw's Lomatium are blooming at Willow Creek.

This Audubon's (Yellow-rumped) has caught an insect at Grimes Pond.

This Nashville Warbler was one of many at Willow Creek picking insects from blooming trees. Watching them, its amazing how many insects they can pull out of the blooms.

The Dowitchers were napping at Stewert Pond.

A Downy Woodpecker working on a tree at Willow Creek.