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Volunteer Opportunities

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The Wetlands Conservancy relies on volunteers working together to maintain, restore, and survey (aka steward) nearly all our urban properties throughout the seasons.

Our volunteer cleanups and plantings are complete for the 2022 spring season and we’ll be taking a break from the heat until the end of summer when beaver surveys begin. In the meantime, if you have an idea for a wetland activity, or if you’re just looking for a chance to spend time in a wetland, contact volunteer@wetlandsconservancy.org. We’ll find a way to get you out there!

 

COMMUNITY SCIENCE 

Beaver Survey Season
Beavers are great indicators and sustainers of wetland health. The Wetlands Conservancy collects annual data on urban beaver populations throughout Washington County. Trained community scientists log signs of beaver activity along creeks and streams between wetland preserves.

In 2021, community scientists logged 57 dams and 20 lodges throughout the Tualatin River Basin. We trained 64 people, performed 21 guided surveys, and covered nearly 32 miles of stream! Check out our observations here.

Our next virtual training will be in August of 2022.

Amphibian Survey Season 
Certain amphibians are indicators of wetland health. The Wetlands Conservancy collects annual data on urban amphibian populations throughout Washington and Clackamas Counties. Trained community scientists search for and log amphibian egg masses within our wetland preserves. 

In 2022, our team of 72 community scientists logged nearly 1000 total amphibian egg masses. We searched 51 miles of breeding habitat over the course of 28 guided surveys, and next year we plan to do even more!

Guided surveys four times a week throughout February and March. Join our survey team!

Interested? Email volunteer@wetlandsconservancy.org for more information or fill out the form below.