Wetlands & Wellies 2017 Free Tours

We are offering free tours to Wetlands & Wellies attendees.  The tours will take place in the afternoon prior to the  Wetlands & Wellies celebration. The guided field  trips will introduce you to the wetlands, birds, wildlife and groups working on wetland conservation and restoration in Washington County. After the field trip join us for drinks, food and a celebration of wetlands and the work of The Wetlands Conservancy.

Half Mile Lane Tour SOLD OUT

Join Carol Murdock and Matt Brennan of Clean Water Services on a walk and talk through one of the most beautiful restored wetlands sites in the Upper Tualatin Basin.  Learn about the efforts to restore wetlands ecology in agricultural areas while also supporting sustainable farming practices are creating economic and ecological resiliency in the Tualatin Basin.

Roderick Creek at Half Mile Lane was historically channelized and ditched to facilitate farming. In 2011, a unique group of public-private partners came together to restore the natural ecology of the site by restoring natural flows with channel and floodplain wood; connecting and enhancing new and existing wetland habitats; creating a diverse mosaic of native vegetation and supporting sustainable farming practices at nearby Scholls Valley Native Nursery. This tour will be limited to 6 people.

When: October 8th 1:30-3:30

Where: Washington county

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

What to bring: Wellies (rubber boots)

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies. 

 

Fernhill Wetland Bird Walk

Join Joe Liebezeit of the Audubon Society of Portland and Jared  Kinnear of Clean Water Services  on a bird walk at Fernhill Wetlands to see some cool wetland birds and learn about the recent habitat rehabilitation work that transformed this site into a “working wetland”.  Joe will discuss how the birds are responding to these changes.

Fernhill Wetlands has historically been a popular birding location in the Portland Metro region. In 2014-15, Clean Water Services implemented an ambitious habitat restoration project that transformed 90 acres of unused sewage ponds into a complex of native wetland habitats designed to naturally treat wastewater. The surface was entirely restructured, and workers planted more than 750,000 native wetland plants and over 3 billion seeds. More than 180 logs and snags were introduced to create habitat and perches for birds and other wildlife. In 2015, the Audubon Society of Portland began working with CWS to understand how birds are responding to the habitat restoration effort at Fernhill Wetlands, through formal bird surveys and a community science effort involving local birders.

When: October 8th 1:30-3:30

Where: Fernhill Wetland

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

What to bring: Binoculars (if you have them)

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies. 

 

Maroon Ponds Tour

Join Metro Scientist Jonathan Soll on a walk through the Maroon Ponds wetlands along the Tualatin River – where Metro and Clean Water Services worked together to retire a failing farm pond  and restore floodplain wetlands.

When: October 8th 1:30-3:30

Where: Maroon Ponds

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies.

 

Upper Tualatin Watershed Bike Tour

Join Bruce Roll (CWS Watershed Management Department Director) on a bike tour of the Upper Tualatin watershed to learn about the collaborative regional partnership that has so far successfully placed more than 5,000 acres of land in the upper watershed in permanent conservation.  The tour will include visits to several ecological restoration sites from Fernhill Wetlands to Wapato Lake NWR.  Click to see map of ride.

When: October 8th 1:30 -3:30

Where: Bike Tour will begin Central School, 1728 Main Street Forest Grove

What: 15 mile bike ride

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies.

 

Hutchinson Wetland Reserve Project Tour

Join the Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District for a tour of their Hutchinson Wetland Reserve Project (WRP). This WRP is  s 352 acre project located on O’Neil Creek and the Tualatin River south of Forest Grove. The project stretches 2,720 feet along the south side of O’Neil Creek and 10,480 feet along the northwest side of the Tualatin River. The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) was a voluntary program that offered landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property.  Before the project area was enrolled in WRP, it was agricultural cropland.

When: October 8th, 1:30-3:30

Where: Tour will begin in Gaston

What: A walk through the WRP project with Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

Cost: Free to Wetlands & Wellies Attendees

To register for the tour, please purchase your ticket to Wetlands & Wellies.

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