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The Wetlands Conservancy engages people through outreach, education and hands-on restoration to explore the role that wetlands play in the health and livability of their community, including thriving wildlife populations. Through the enhancement of our wetlands we are continually learning, experimenting and adapting— to best understand how our wetlands can thrive as conditions change. In collaboration with partners, we educate the public about the values of wetlands, water resource conservation and restoration. We collect and share the stories of Oregon’s greatest wetlands, inviting people of all ages and parts of Oregon to participate.


Stories of Stewardship
Four volunteers met at our Cedar Mill preserve in Beaverton to walk the wetland in search of beaver dams. Megan Garvey explain the process, route and how to record data.

Photo Story: Beaver Monitoring 2018

As water in our wetlands starts to recede from summer heat, beavers start to get busy, building dams. It is also the time of year when juvenile beavers leave their…

outdoor education

Student Beaver Believers

Visiting wetlands in the spring can be quite the experience.  Rain, deep sticky mud, possible salamander and frog siting’s, tracks from beavers.  What sounds like a wilderness experience, is actually…

2018 Photo Contest Winners

Photo Category: Furry Not So Furry Friends “I was volunteering at Malheur, engaging guests at the Visitor’s Center during April and May. At least a few times people asked me…

13th Annual Marbled Murrelet Community Science Survey

We rolled out of our sleeping bags at 5 a.m. and stumbled down to the Cape Perpetua camp ground parking lot  with the hopes of hearing and seeing Marbled Murrelets, as they flew…

Nature Based Solutions: Portland’s Green Streets

In March the UN published the World Water Report, a 100 page document, showcasing the need to change our normal global water management practices to start to embrace “nature-based solutions”…

Lower Chewaucan Marsh, Marty St Louis

Chewaucan Marshes

For migratory birds, the Upper and Lower (pictured) Chewaucan Marshes in Lake County are one of the most important wetlands in Oregon.  Traditional flood irrigation of ranchers’ hay pastures spreads…

Behind the Lense: Karl Konecny

Winner of American Wetlands Month Photo Contest for the last two year… Karl Konecny had winning photographs in our 2016 and 2017 American Wetland Month photo contests.   In 2016, his…

10 Best Wetlands to Visit in May

You know about salmon, you love to eat oyster and crab, you haven’t seen a river otter but you would like to; you may not know it but you love…

Volunteer Opportunity: Visit a Wetland for Us!

We are in need of some help!   May is American Wetlands month and we want to help people get out into wetlands.  Our big idea is to create a “wetland…

What The Shell Happened to the Oysters?

What the Shell Happened to the Oysters?  In the early 1900’s Oregon was lined with prolific wild oyster populations. After the gold rush, the West Coast saw a rise in…