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Love Your Watershed: Spring Bird Walks - April 2018
Our April 14 Bird Walk turned out to be perfectly timed to miss the deluge of rain we had during the first two weeks of April! During this walk along the Luckiamute State Natural Area's North Tract loop trail, bird-walkers caught a glimpse of nesting osprey, a northern harrier, woodpeckers, ruby-crowned kinglets, several warblers and sparrows, plus some gregarious common yellowthroats.
On April 28, our Bird Walk took us to Western Skies Cattle Ranch, a beautiful 113-acre piece of land that is sustainably managed for both native oak conservation and happy, healthy cows. Along our four-hour hike around the open meadows and open oak woodland habitats, we saw and heard wild turkeys, acorn woodpeckers, western bluebirds, red-winged black-birds, white-crowned and chipping sparrows, and several types of migratory warblers. We were also treated to beautiful displays of native wildlflowers and a few newborn calves testing out their brand new legs!
Love Your Watershed: Watershed Recreation Fair - March 17, 2018
From hiking and birdwatching to fishing and agritourism, our first ever Watershed Recreation Fair provided the opportunity to discover some of the many outdoor activities offered in our area. Many folks stopped by The Grove Coffeehouse for a cup of coffee and began planning their next adventure! We hope to continue the Watershed Recreation Fair as an annual event, so stay tuned for more information!
Love Your Watershed: Suds 'n' Science - January 24, 2018
Wow! A total of 52 people came out to hear USGS Geomorphologist Rose Wallick present her team's findings on the geomorphic history of the Willamette, and how this mighty river has shaped the very nature of our present-day farms, towns and floodplain habitats. An at-capacity crowd at Brew Coffee & Taphouse meant that there was a bit of a wait for food and drinks, but the excellent service and the chance to travel through time through our local landscapes was well worth it.
Love Your Watershed: Suds 'n' Science - November 15, 2017
Attendees of our first Suds 'n' Science pub talk, "The Little Fish That Could: The Story of the Oregon Chub," heard ODFW Fish Biologist Brian Bangs talk about how the Oregon Chub beat the odds and became the first fish to ever be de-listed from the Endangered Species Act! Brian's excellent presentation, plus the opportunity to enjoy some delicious, locally sourced food, beer and wine at Brew Coffee & Taphouse, made for a wonderful evening!
Love Your Watershed: Fall Bird Walks - September/October 2017
During this series of three bird walks, participants joined local bird expert Joel Geier on hikes through some of the most iconic ecosystems within our watershed at Luckiamute State Natural Area (LSNA) and Fort Hoskins Historic Park. Not only did they see and hear plenty of birdlife and learn about the history of these areas, participants in the first walk at LSNA were treated to an amazing sighting of a bull elk with his herd of cows!
Native American Ethnobotany of Western Oregon - June 3, 2017
On June 3, 2017, thirty participants gathered at the Oregon 4-H Center in Salem to learn about the history and importance of our native plants to the Tribes of our region. This workshop was sponsored by the Luckiamute Watershed Council, the Rickreall Watershed Council, and the Polk, Yamhill and Marion Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Presenters included Greg Archuleta, a Clackamas Chinook, Santiam Kalapuya, Shasta and member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde; Lorraine (B.G.) Barton, from the Umpqua-Rogue River Tribes; and Devon Robinson, member of the Chinook Nation.