A gravel path at Mary S Young park is flooding as a result of beavers damming a small creek (Heron Creek) along the path. Today I posed a question to high schoolers at West Linn High: What long-term solutions will help this flooding issue? Until then, I’ve been exploring short term fixes. Below I’ve created … More Short term solutions
West Linn has taken prudent steps to preserve ecosystems for increased biodiversity in urban ecosystems. Managing an ecosystem includes holistic views, inclusive actions, and collective balance because ecosystems are extremely dynamic and always changing. I recently came across a great comparison (courtesy of Samantha Hamlin) highlighting the inclusive and flexible nature of ecosystem management: … More Managing our ecosystems
I love all the acronyms! JGEMS = the Jane Goodall Environmental Middle School is based in the Salem area. MSY = Mary S. Young State Park, this one should be more familiar with the West Linn community… Six JGEMS students launched the beaver project today! I provided background on beavers and the specifics of this … More JGEMS project at MSY
Hurricane Harvey devastated homes and infrastructure as well as the ecosystem. Texas Monthly published a piece about rescuing animals including baby beavers. Wow, they are cute! Thanks to Heidi for bringing this to our attention! The Wildlife Center of Texas accepts donations.
We had a wonderful day learning about beaver and wetland ecology. We made lists of everything we might find in a wetland (using Willamette Wetland as our reference), then we made a model of interactions from the list. In between these two activities, we did an activity to show all the adaptations a beaver has … More Beaver lessons at Willamette Primary school
The start of the school year means tackling major restoration projects around West Linn. We have projects planned around Willamette Wetlands, Mary S Young, and Robinwood Parks. The Beaver Restoration Guidebook will aid greatly in our endeavors, but we want to reach out specifically to the community of West Linn as well. What projects would … More Implementing beaver restoration
The beaver zine concept grew like an Oregon Ash tree from the mind of Dr. Ethan Seltzer, a professor in Portland State’s Urban Planning department. With help from Esther Lev, director of the Wetlands Conservancy here in Portland and graphic designer Kate Bingaman-Burt, a group (a class titled “Planning in the Pacific Northwest”, actually) came … More The Original Beaver Zine – Beavers are Amaaaazing!
Thank you, Tyler for helping to create our logo! WLBA = West Linn Beaver Ambassadors.
It might be too late – I’m gathering opinions on our next approach… It’s the biggest tree in the area: We caged it: But you can see it is pretty well damaged. The tree is partially situated IN a beaver pond which has left part of it exposed: Caging this part of the tree … More Saving a huge cottonwood at MSY
Here we have a great collection of photographs from a critter cam we installed in the wetlands around West Linn. I’ll continue to post more of these awesome captures, but the old computer has had trouble processing the data. Stay tuned!