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VOLUNTEER: Bird Box Cleanup at Fernhill Wetlands

December 1, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Fernhill Wetlands bird boxes are in need of cleaning and repairs. Looking to burn off some Thanksgiving calories and give back to the birds?
A clean bird box encourages reuse with either the same bird family or additional birds looking for suitable nesting sites and shelter during harsh weather.
To ensure we have enough cleaning supplies and tools, **please email at: friendsoffernhillwetlands@gmail.com or message us on Facebook to volunteer for this activity**

Date and Time: Sunday Dec 1, 9am-noon

Location 1399 S.W. Fern Hill Road, Forest Grove, Oregon 97116

Info https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFriendsofFernhill

Email  

 

friendsoffernhillwetlands@gmail.com

 

 

 

Fernhill Wetlands, co-owned by Clean Water Services (CWS) and the City of Forest Grove, was once a 160-acre effluent holding pond site that incidentally hosted wildlife. Under CWS (formerly Unified Sewerage Agency) management, the site has enjoyed both considerable expansion and restoration over the last decade and a half. It is now transformed into 600 acres of critical wildlife habitat near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River. Just outside of Forest Grove, the site is today characterized by a mosaic of open ponds and wetlands that host thousands of migrant and resident bird species throughout the year. 

Fernhill provides habitat connectivity for local wildlife, as well as critical marsh, lake and riparian habitat for resting and foraging migratory birds travelling the Pacific Flyway in Spring and Fall. What’s more, this site’s importance is underscored because of its location along the Tualatin River bottomlands, adjacent to the newly designated 4,300 acre Wapato Lake Unit of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. In this area alone, there is potential to connect over 5,000 acres of wetland habitat, and to this end, efforts are being made by Metro, United States Fish & Wildlife Service, Tualatin Riverkeepers, City of Forest Grove and others to leverage funds for future Fernhill Wetlands and Gales Creek restoration opportunities. Wetlands are some of the most productive natural ecosystems in the world, acting not only as habitat, but also providing for natural hydrological function of rivers, flood protection, erosion control and water quality improvement.

The proximity of the Fernhill site to the metropolitan region also allows for accessible recreation opportunities, wildlife viewing, bird watching, education, and research. Visitors can take advantage of extensive trail access year round, and the site offers both a sense of expansive lake and wetland openness, as well as views of St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Jefferson.

General Information

The Friends parent organization, the Fernhill Wetlands Council, is a not-for-profit dedicated to advancing wetlands education and awareness. Clean Water Services, a public water resources management utility that owns Fernhill Wetlands, manages the land in cooperation with the City of Forest Grove and the Fernhill Wetlands Council.

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Details

Date:
December 1, 2013
Time:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Organizer

Lacey Townsend
Email:
lacey.townsend@or.nacdnet.net
Website:
https://swcd.net

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