Category Archives: Stories

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 waters from the Chewaucan River across the historic marshes every spring, providing habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and other waterbirds moving north in their annual migration. 

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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 photo of a red-legged frog perched on a mossy rock captured our attention with its vibrant contrasting colors. In 2017, it was a black and

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10 Best Wetlands to Visit in May

May is American Wetlands Month, which means as Oregonians we have a lot to celebrate. Wetlands are the link between land and water and here in Oregon they are as diverse as our landscape. Our wetlands range from coastal estuaries, to frigid glacial melt water, to scalding hot springs in the middle of arid sagebrush. Many

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Keeping Beavers in the System

For the last decade agencies, land trusts and volunteer groups have been working throughout Oregon to enhance our watersheds. The work has brought the return of many native species, including the American beaver. Statewide, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement board has been the lead funder, while Clean Water Services has funded the majority of projects in

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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 hydraulic mining, paper mills and human population which created a concentration in coastal water pollutants and killing off wild reefs. The surviving oysters were not

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