Tending the Wild is what we call our restoration projects. Often in collaboration and participation with other organizations, we offer helping hands to Earth, restoring natural habitats and educating humans.
Your donations help fund this important work. Some of our recent projects are below.
October 2015: Creek Restoration, South Fork Crooked River
Camping out with Great Old Broads for Wilderness and Oregon Natural Desert Association, volunteers planted 7,500 plants along the banks of the Crooked River. Historic overgrazing had eroded the stream bank and killed plant life that was the foundation of a healthy riparian ecosystem. The stream is now too warm for most fish and no large woody material is available for beaver to use for lodge materials. The beaver now live in bank dens, but without their lodges, there are no slow deep pools necessary to so much aquatic life.
Our crew planted willow wattles, Cottonwood, and Alder, which will grow to shade the stream, build the soil, and provide for the beaver. The river’s floodplain was planted with Nootka Rose, High Bush Cranberry, Bitterbrush, Currant, and other natives of the region.
“This is the most satisfying work I’ve ever done,” said Suzan after a morning of planting.
April 2016: Monarch Waystation planting at MillerHill Farm
Monarch butterflies depend on the milkweed plant for laying their eggs and feeding the newly hatched larvae. As the Willamette Valley has become increasingly agricultural land, milkweed--along with other plants that are deemed “weeds”--have been mostly eradicated. Establishing even small plots of milkweed helps the butterflies make their way along their migration route.
Our 10 x 20 Waystation was tilled, the soil amended, and milkweed planted on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Donated nectar plants surrounding the milkweed include Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan, Echinacea, Lavender, Yarrow, Mexican Sunflower, Shasta Daisy, Salvia, Sunflower, Blanket Flower, Cosmos, Jopi, and scattered wildflower seed. The goal is to support butterflies, bees, birds, and other pollinators by providing nectar plants blooming from early spring through late fall.
May 2016 - Ecoblitz at Sandy River Delta
NatureConnect joined the National Park Service and the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council on a citizen science birding walk in conjunction with the Sandy River Delta Ecoblitz. We walked the lesser-used trails of the woods and recorded our findings, which were to be combined with other birders who would be surveying throughout the day. Ecoblitzes are citizen science projects. The Sandy River Delta effort will establish an initial inventory of flora and fauna for use in restoration and conservation.
Our explorations into Tending The Wild
Join us as we learn, study, gather, conserve, restore and become ever-better stewards of Earth. Our work revolves around our Cascadia Watersheds and engages us with many other people and organizations devoted to caring for and tending Earth together on behalf of the future of life. Begin here, with a short video about tree mystery and magic. More to come!