Wildlife

baby birds in a nestWest Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District can help you attract wildlife to your land, from songbirds and other pollinators, to native frogs and turtles. We can also help improve your pond habitat or design and plant a pollinator hedgerow that will attract pollinators to your crops or garden plants. We will 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. Read more in: Farming For Pollinators. 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.  Visit the Sturgeon Lake Restoration Project for more information.

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 this video produced by the Oregon Zoo Education Center!

Learn how to create bush piles for bird habitat.

Learn about raptors in your woodland.

Learn about amphibians in your woodland.

Learn about Oregon Native Turtles.

Learn about Caring for your Large Pond.

 


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Sunstone Montessori School Stormwater & Garden Improvement Project

West Multnomah SWCD is now working with Sunstone Montessori School in the John’s Landing neighborhood on a number of conservation projects.  Sunstone, an Oregon Green School, plans to use the Conservation District’s assistance to install […]

Native Species Spotlight – Northern red-legged frog

Interested in amphibians native to Portland? Meet the northern red-legged frog (Rana aurora aurora). Besides hopping around our neck of the woods, you can see them in other  coastal regions between Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, […]

Native Species Spotlight-Pacific ninebark

Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus) is a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family and native to the Pacific Northwest. The shrub is erect, but it can spread, and typically grows 8-10 feet tall and 4-7 feet […]

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