Thursday, October 10, 2019
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!
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Monday, February 4, 2019
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
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 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
Date: Tuesday, January 8th
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.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.
Address: 86641 Franklin Blvd. E.
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.