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!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Welcome Annie!

Welcome Annie, our new Americorps Intern! 



Annie grew up in Cleveland, where she developed an interest in wildlife conservation and sharing her passion for the natural world with others while volunteering at the Cleveland Natural History Museum. She double majored in Biopsychology and Environmental Studies at Tufts University and gained more environmental education experience through summer internships. After graduating, Annie spent time teaching English in Brazil and led outdoor natural science programs on Nantucket. She came to Oregon last winter to work on an organic goat dairy and settled in Portland afterwards working with a local watershed council. In joining WREN, Annie is pursuing her goals of making the world a better place for all living things, connecting people to nature, and promoting environmental conservation; she believes everyone should have access to the psychological and physical benefits of healthy natural spaces. In her spare time, Annie enjoys hiking, reading mystery novels, and cooking elaborate meals with friends. 

Friday, May 3, 2019

Thank You!


Thank you to everyone who participated in our City Nature Challenge Bioblitz event! From April 26-29th, Eugene/Springfield competed against 149 other cities world-wide recording flora and fauna observations using the iNaturalist app. We rocked the weekend with a total of 2,400 nature observations!

For a more detailed look at what we discovered, visit our iNaturalist webpage here: 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Vernal Pools!




O'Hara Catholic School 2nd graders discovered many wonders in the West Eugene Wetlands' vernal pools, this week, including this salamander eft as well as Pacific Chorus frog tadpoles, Mayfly nymphs, and Caddisfly larvae. Many of the creatures that make their homes in the vernal pools can only live in the highest quality water. This kind of diversity is an excellent sign! There is still time to experience the vernal pools before they dry-up. Schedule a visit, today!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday, March 14, 2019

City Nature Challenge Bioblitz



City Nature Challenge Bioblitz

Join WREN and the BLM in a communal, citizen science effort to record as many species as possible in Eugene over the weekend. We will be using the iNaturalist phone app to photograph and collect data on the local flora and fauna at Stewart Pond. Every observation will contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. We share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe. No experience necessary and all ages welcome! Sponsored by KIND Snacks. Contact Laura Maloney, WREN's Program Coordinator, at info@wewetlands.org, for details on how to participate

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

WREN’S WATER WHY


At WREN, we are committed to educating the community about the important role that wetlands play in keeping our waters clean. Wetland plants not only filter out excess nutrients and pollutants from storm water runoff, but the soils successfully trap heavy metals, preventing them from entering other waterways. 

This March, share what water means to you -- #MyWaterWhy.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

Winter Storm




Winter Storm Ryan transforms Sandpiper and Grimes Ponds

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Americorps Position

We have an Americorps position open! WREN is looking for an Environmental Education Specialist. Click the link below for more information:

Monday, February 4, 2019

February Wetland Wander



Wetland Wander

Join WREN and BLM staff for a 3-4 mile hike at See Sil site. See Sil is comprised of white and black oak Savanna, upland, and wet prairie ecosystems. We will talk about some of the recent projects, such as the prescribed burn, look for signs of the acorn woodpecker colony that inhabits the site, and explore other seasonal changes. Conditions are wet, muddy, and hummocky. Please come prepared with appropriate footwear and bring binoculars. Participants are asked to meet at the west end of Royal Ave near the gravel parking lot. 

Directions: Take Royal Avenue west to the ODFW parking lot at Fern Ridge Reservoir. If you have an ODFW permit you may park in the lot, otherwise park along Royal Ave. The site is on the north side of Royal, to the east of the house near the end of the road; look for the gate with BLM signage, and WREN staff.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Into the Arctic




Don't forget to buy tickets to the Nat Geo series event: Into the Arctic Kingdom with Florine Schulz on January 29th! Get 20% off tickets when you use the code: WREN20

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.