Wildflower and Birding Tour at Mud Slough

What: Mud Slough wetland tour. Terrain is flat and may be muddy

When: June 1st, 2016 9:00 am- 4:00 pm

Transportation: We will announce a Portland central meeting point prior to the trip and then jump in to vans to visit the wetlands.

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Willamette Valley wet prairies are among the most endangered habitat types in the state of Oregon, and among the rarest of North American ecosystems. Come tour Mud Slough Wetland with wetland banker Mark Knaupp and TWC Executive Director Esther Lev. Over the past 24 years Mark has restored 550 acres of Willamette Valley Prairie Wetland.

Twenty-three years later, thousands of native prairie plants, including some rare species, have sprung up on their own and turned the wetlands into a tapestry of color and texture. The purple and white popcorn flower, common downin­gia, and veronica, dark green tufts of sedge, and delicate tufted hairgrass provide habitat for a variety of wild­life including the showy pink Nelson’s check­ermallow that is listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Spe­cies Act.

 

 

 

 

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