Wetlands & Wellies Free Tours

We are offering wetland field trips to Wetlands & Wellies attendees.  The tours will take place across the Portland Metro area on Sunday October 14th, prior to Wetlands & Wellies celebration. After the field trip join us for drinks, food and a celebration of wetlands and the work of The Wetlands Conservancy. Tours are included in the price of your Wetlands & Wellies ticket.

 

Orange Line Train Tour

Wetland Train Tour

What’s a train got to do with wetland and fish?  Spend a few hours with Dave Unsworth and other Orange Line Project staff from TriMet, exploring via the Max, how TriMet teamed with partners to build the Orange Line while upgrading natural areas. The trip  will be a combination of walking and riding the train to see and discuss stormwater treatment, riparian, wetland, floodplain and coho  habitat  restoration. Get to know the Orange Line and all the waterways it runs with and past.

When: October 14th 1:00 -4:00 pm

Where: Milwaukie

What to bring: Comfortable walking shoes

Register for a tour with purchase of Wetlands & Wellies ticket.


PCC Rock Creek Floodplain Tour

The Portland Community College Rock Creek Floodplain Enhancement Project is a unique site that supports 115 acres of floodplain habitat in close proximity to urban development near the juncture of Portland, Hillsboro and Beaverton.  It integrates urban, rural and ecological communities across a natural and dynamic floodplain. The site ties together high quality habitat, including an intact stream corridor, with diverse wetlands, prairies and upland forests. On a landscape scale, this project adds to the connection between Abbey and Rock Creeks and will further safeguard an important fish and wildlife stream passageway. Just as distinctive, is having a healthy urban stream and riparian ecosystem supporting red-legged frogs, steelhead salmon, neo-tropical migrant songbirds and Roosevelt Elk.

 

Tracey Dulin, Clean Water Services, and John van Staveren, Pacific Habitat Services, will lead the tour highlighting the transformation from reed canary grass floodplain to a dynamic and diverse ecosystem.

When: October 14th 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Where: Bethany Lake Park, NW 185th

What to bring: Dress for the weather.  Wear wellies (rubber boots) as wetlands are muddy and wet at this time of year.

Register for a tour with purchase of Wetlands & Wellies ticket.


Sauvie Island -Sturgeon Lake Floodplain Reconnection and Willow Bar Floodplain Restoration

The wetlands of Sauvie Island are as magical as the pumpkin patches!

Join us as we visit two recently constructed wetland restoration projects along the northeast margin of Sauvie Island, where native fish and wildlife converge at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Curtis Loeb, River Restoration Engineer at Wolf Water Resources, and Tom Josephson, Project Manager at CREST, will provide overviews and fun facts about restoration projects at Sturgeon Lake and Willow Bar. These projects open up channels and greatly improve access to significant areas of habitat on Sauvie Island for juvenile salmonids and other native fish, waterfowl, and wildlife.

When: October 14th 1:00 -4:00 pm

Where: Sauvie Island

What to bring: Sturdy shoes, hiking boots or wellies

Register for a tour with purchase of Wetlands & Wellies ticket.


 

Crystal Springs Restoration 

In the middle of Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood, Crystal Springs Creek supports populations of endangered salmon and trout species. Restoration efforts have transformed Crystal Springs into an urban amenity and a sanctuary for salmon.

What started as a culvert replacement project grew to a full-scale urban watershed restoration effort, aimed at improving hydrology, habitat, and water quality of Crystal Springs Creek.  A broad, system-based, approach allowed for creative partnerships and successful leveraging that is now a model for future restoration in Portland.  Thanks to the efforts of over 20 partners, nearly half the length of Crystal Springs has been restored. Today, Crystal Springs Creek is the Portland’s first Salmon Sanctuary: a stream with clean, cold water where salmon can rest, find food and shelter on their journey to and from the Pacific Ocean.

Tour will be lead by Rhonda Fast, Environmental Program Coordinator at Bureau of Environmental Services with the Science Integration Division.

When: October 14th 1:00 -3:30 pm

Where: Westmoreland Park

What to bring: Good walking shoes, weather appropriate clothes

Register for a tour with purchase of Wetlands & Wellies ticket.


Richardson Creek Natural Area Tour

Richardson Creek Natural Area is an ecologically diverse, 82-acre property within a dynamic section of the Clackamas River floodplain. Publicly owned since 2001, the site features a 30-acre farm lease along with 52 acres of forests, streams and wetlands. The site walk will provide an opportunity to review the results of a 2018 project that removed two buildings, breached floodplain berms, excavated a new channel, filled a farm pond, replaced an undersized culvert, and added habitat wood to streams and wetlands, as well as discuss the integration of farming and natural areas. Tour will be led by Jonathan Soll Science and Stewardship Division Manager at Metro.

Where: Damascus, OR

What to bring: Weather appropriate clothes

Register for a tour with purchase of Wetlands & Wellies ticket.


Spring Hill Natural Area Tour

Spring Hill Natural Area is an ecologically diverse, 241-acre property mostly within the Tualatin River floodplain within the approved boundaries of the Wapato National Wildlife Refuge. Publicly owned since 2015, the site features active farm and grazing leases as well as ongoing stream, wetland and riparian enhancement work. The site walk will provide an opportunity to review the results of a 2018 project that removed a small dam and field drains, excavated new stream channels, and added habitat wood to wetlands and streams.  Tour will be led by Peter Guillozet Natural Resource Scientist from Metro.

Where: Gaston, OR

What to bring: Weather appropriate clothes

Register for a tour with purchase of Wetlands & Wellies ticket.

 

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