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"The Westside Watershed Resource Center inspires action and awareness on behalf of watershed health in
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May 2020 Contents

New pollinator garden comes to Hillsdale neighborhood

Find it along the SW 25th Ave Community Trail.

 

Since 2017, Hillsdale resident Andrea Wall has been working with neighborhood volunteers to perform habitat restoration along the SW 25th Ave Community Trail. These projects have been supported with grant funds from Metro, West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Hillsdale Community Foundation, Portland Garden Club, and others. Last year, Andrea founded the Friends of Fanno Creek Headwaters (FFCH) to help manage this effort to save and protect urban green spaces, and educate others about the importance of these areas. 

This spring, FFCH installed a 1,900 square foot native pollinator garden at SW Bertha Blvd and SW 25th Ave, next to a section of stairway built by SW Trails. The garden was designed by Sue Van Loon, a talented Hayhurst resident gardener, funded by a Portland Garden Club grant, and installed by Habitat Restoration NW with the help of a few volunteers maintaining social distance and wearing proper PPE. This garden replaces an ivy infested area at the NE end of the trail, and provides an abundance of resources for native wildlife while adding beauty to the neighborhood! Be sure to check it out the next time you're walking in Hillsdale.

You can volunteer with FFCH, or donate to support their projects, by contacting fannofriends@comcast.net. Learn more about FFCH on Facebook.


Before (above) and after (below) photos of new pollinator garden on SW 25th Ave trail (photos courtesy of Andrea Wall).

Plants to support pollinators in spring and summer

Speaking of pollinators, a handy chart can help choose plants to support them throughout the year.
    

Spring is in full swing! You're probably noticing new plants coming into bloom daily, and in addition to their beauty and sweet smells, these plants are also providing important resources for pollinators like bees and humming birds in our neighborhoods.

Pollinators rely on a variety of native plants to feed them throughout spring and summer. Fortunately, native plants provide no shortage options for these important critters to take advantage of!

A variety of a native plants in our area begin blooming in February, with many still providing some form of flower or fruit all the way into fall. Learn more about what plants bloom at what times with the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District Pollinator Plant Bloom Time Chart. Use this resource to try to identify native plants currently flowering in your neighborhood, or use it to create a landscape that provides resources for pollinators throughout the seasons!


Look for thimbleberry blooming around your neighborhood this month (photo courtesy of nwplants.com).
Bird watch from your backyard, or your computer screen

Live bird watching cameras offer an up close look at a variety of species from across the country.
    

Ever wanted an up close look at a hawk, owl, or osprey? You can do just that with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s live bird watching web cams! These cams are live daily at locations across the country, so you’re likely to spot some cool birds you might not typically find in the Portland area. Spring is bird nesting season, so you might also see some new born balls of chick fluff!
 
Since we are in bird nesting season, be mindful to check trees and shrubs when removing weeds or doing pruning. Since birds like to nest out of sight, a nest might not be obviously visible with a casual glance. Before starting a pruning or weeding project, take a few extra minutes to check the area for nests or signs of bird activity. If you do find a nest, try to delay your work until the after the nesting season, typically late July.


Keep an eye out for bird nests while removing weeds or pruning plants this spring (photo courtesy of West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District).

Connect with nature from the comfort of home

Many fun outdoor activities can still be done at your house or apartment, or experienced online.

Staying home and staying safe doesn’t necessarily mean you have to miss out on time in nature. Consider trying out one of these outdoor education activities from Columbia Springs that you can do with your family in your backyard or neighborhood park.
 
If your daily walks are starting to seem a little repetitive, try out a guided forest therapy walk for a change of pace. "Walks" are hosted virtually in locations all over the world, and are offered in multiple languages. "Walks" are led by a guide and include other participants, so you'll have an opportunity for some social connection too. 
 
Even though Stormwater Stars (SWS) workshops are currently on hold, you can view photos and descriptions of past projects to get some inspiration! If you want a little extra guidance, SWS is still available to assist you. We can help over the phone, through email, or even do a video site visit! If you're interested in additional assistance from SWS staff, email stormwater@swni.org or call 801-580-6068.

 

Now is a great time to take on your own Stormwater Stars project. Visit stormwaterstars.org for ideas and resources on how you can do something like this in your own front yard.

In accordance with current public health guidelines, many May events have been postponed or modified. You can stay up to date on future volunteer or educational event opportunities by checking the Portland Parks and Recreation Stewardship Calendar, or the Southwest Neighborhoods Community Events Calendar.
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