West Multnomah Conservation District can help you attract wildlife to your land, from songbirds and other pollinators to native frogs and turtles. The District can help you improve your pond habitat or design and plant a pollinator hedgerow that will attract pollinators to your crops or garden plants. We can also help identify wildlife habitat on your land, including your woods and streamside areas, and find new ways to restore or improve it. You may want to thin your forest, leave a snag for woodpeckers or raptors, leave downed wood for salamanders, or plant a native Oregon white oak, which supports over 200 species of native wildlife.
There are many things you can do to attract wildlife to your property. If you own farmland, you may want to attract native bees to pollinate your crops and increase yields. Click here for the brochure, Farming For Pollinators, and find other information on native bees in our Library. You can improve your streamside for songbirds by planting native willows and other shrubs and trees. The Guide for Using Willamette Valley Native Plants Along Your Stream is a helpful resource for selecting plants. Visit the Healthy Streams page to learn more about how to enhance and improve water quality and habitat. If you’d like to plant native species for pollinators, see our Pollinator Plants and Bloom Periods chart for our District and the greater Portland Metro Area.
Sometimes the culprit is the spread of invasive species, like Armenian blackberry. We can help you identify invasive species, such as English ivy, and help remove it. Be careful, though, many birds nest in blackberry, so you should avoid mowing it during nesting season.
Sauvie Island is a particularly good area to see a wide variety of birds and waterfowl as it is within the Pacific Flyway. The District is currently involved in a massive restoration of Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island, which supports this critical habitat. Click here for more information on the Save Sturgeon Lake Campaign.
Kudos to all the folks in Linnton and beyond who are helping save the native red-legged frogs as they try to cross the busy highway 30 from breeding to spawning grounds. See the video produced by the Oregon Zoo Education Center!
For information about how to create bush piles for bird habitat, click here.
For information about raptors in your woodland, click here.
Look in our Library and Program listings for more information on how to improve wildlife habitat on your land.