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Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District Conservation is for everyone! We help Washington County residents care for the land and water. Providing local solutions to local problems. www.tualatinswcd.org

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Did you miss last month’s Weed Watcher Workshop? 🌱🔍Never fear! You can always sign up for the workshop on our website. L...
05/20/2022

Did you miss last month’s Weed Watcher Workshop? 🌱🔍

Never fear! You can always sign up for the workshop on our website. Learn more about the Tualatin Watershed Invasives Species Team (TWIST) and how you can join this community science effort!

Details: https://tualatinswcd.org/programs/invasive-species/#workshop

#OregonInvasiveSpeciesWeek #InvasiveSpecies #WeedWatcherWorkshop #Conservation #TualatinSWCD

It's farmer's market season! During the summer, there’s a farmers market almost every day of the week in Washington Coun...
05/19/2022

It's farmer's market season! During the summer, there’s a farmers market almost every day of the week in Washington County.🍓🥬🌽

Check out the Oregon Farmers Markets Association map to find a market near you: https://www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org/regular-season-markets

#farmersmarket #shoplocal #food

Here’s a pop of color for #WildflowerWednesday! This beauty is orange honeysuckle (also called trumpet honeysuckle), a c...
05/18/2022

Here’s a pop of color for #WildflowerWednesday! This beauty is orange honeysuckle (also called trumpet honeysuckle), a climbing vine that is native to Oregon. It is often found in open woods or along the edges of forests. Hummingbirds and bumble bees love these flowers!

#Wildflower #Honeysuckle #Lonicera #PNW #Conservation #Oregon #TualatinSWCD #WashingtonCounty

May is #WildfireAwarenessMonth and Oregon State University Extension Service has the resources to help you prepare for w...
05/18/2022

May is #WildfireAwarenessMonth and Oregon State University Extension Service has the resources to help you prepare for wildfires in agricultural settings. Here are two opportunities:

1) Wildfire Readiness for the Agriculture Community webinar, May 24th, noon to 1pm
2) Wildfire Preparedness in Agriculture self-paced online course

Click the link below to learn more! 🔥🔥🔥

Did you know Oregon State University Extension has a dedicated team of six wildland fire specialists serving six geographic regions across Oregon? With funding from the Oregon Legislature, OSU Extension implemented a new statewide fire program to help facilitate land management priorities, as well as create a healthy understanding and respect of fire through education and outreach efforts.

Learn more about the Fire Program's resources: https://bit.ly/3CwmQ9v

#OSUExtensionImpact #WildfireAwarenessMonth

Forestry and Natural Resources Extension - Oregon State University College of Forestry at Oregon State University The Beaver Caucus Oregon Department of Forestry

Join Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom for a virtual field trip next Thursday, May 26th! 🐐
05/18/2022

Join Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom for a virtual field trip next Thursday, May 26th! 🐐

We invite students to join us virtually to learn about dairy goat farming at Fraga Farm Dairy Goat Creamery in Gales Creek, Oregon!
Grades 3-5: May 26, 2022, 10:00 am-10:30 am PST
We are inviting classes to tune in virtually!
Apply for a spot by filling out the form. We will be in touch regarding your registration status shortly after. https://oregonaitc.org/programs/virtual-farm-field-trips/fraga-farm-creamery/
#teachag #teachagriculture #virtuallearning #farmfieldtrip #oregonagriculture #teacherresources #freeteacherresources

05/17/2022

Clay soils? Sandy soils? Loamy soils? When you're trying to grow your own food and flowers you may run into the question of, "what kind of soil do I have?" Soil texture is one thing you can learn about outdoor soils to help you choose the best plants for your setting.

It only takes a few minutes and free hand. Visit our guide on "Knowing Your Soil Texture" to find out how: https://tualatinswcd.org/know-your-soil-texture/

#gardening #soilhealth

Who doesn’t love a rainy day?! 🌧️ But have you ever thought about where all our rainwater goes?When it rains, water wash...
05/12/2022

Who doesn’t love a rainy day?! 🌧️ But have you ever thought about where all our rainwater goes?

When it rains, water washes over our community’s streets, roofs, and lawns picking up trash and chemicals that can pollute our natural areas. By collecting water as it falls on structures or other surfaces we can store it for later use. It also prevents pollutants from reaching out waterways.

Join us for our Rainwater Harvesting webinar to discover rainwater harvesting options for spaces big and small! We’ll examine rain gardens, rain cisterns and much, much more.

Details and registration: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/rainwater-harvesting/

Are you looking to begin planning your estate, but don't know where to start? This single session course on May 24th (CR...
05/12/2022

Are you looking to begin planning your estate, but don't know where to start?

This single session course on May 24th (CRN 24434) is online through Portland Community College Community Education from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Read more here: https://www.pcc.edu/staff/sherri-noxel/

📸 Credit: Andy Bauer
#estate #planning #succession #business

In nature, what you see is not always what you get. Plants and animals that practice mimicry pretend to be something the...
05/11/2022

In nature, what you see is not always what you get. Plants and animals that practice mimicry pretend to be something they're not to help them survive.

The monarch and viceroy butterflies share a similar appearance and both are toxic to predators. By mimicking the other, they ward off animals who may have had an unpleasant experience eating either one of their species. This is called Mullerian mimicry because both butterflies benefit from looking alike.

There are many types of mimicry. Check out our blog to read more!

https://tualatinswcd.org/mimicry-in-nature/

Check out these helpful gardening tips and reminders for the month of May!
05/10/2022

Check out these helpful gardening tips and reminders for the month of May!

We are thrilled to be supporting these great experiences through our Conservation Education Grant program! Thank you to ...
05/10/2022

We are thrilled to be supporting these great experiences through our Conservation Education Grant program! Thank you to Confluence for your work building communities and promoting connections with the land and water.

Through our Tualatin River Environmental Enhancement Grant (TREE), Scholls Valley Native Nursery LLC researched the use ...
05/09/2022

Through our Tualatin River Environmental Enhancement Grant (TREE), Scholls Valley Native Nursery LLC researched the use of native plants as groundcovers in non-crop areas to protect soils, support pollinators, and reduce the need to manage pesky weeds. Out of the 76 species tested, 40 are recommended for planting in Tualatin Valley and Willamette Valley farms!🦋🌷🌱

Read the story here: https://tualatinswcd.org/local-research-shows-benefits-of-native-groundcovers-for-agricultural-settings/
#pollinators #agriculture #soil #native

Big thanks to our presenters and participants who spent the entire month of April learning about and celebrating the bes...
05/06/2022

Big thanks to our presenters and participants who spent the entire month of April learning about and celebrating the best stuff on Earth: SOIL!

The series of recordings are now up for those who missed a session or want to refer back to the lessons that were presented.

Check it out here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyLj4gSpGcW9wcWJ0FVfKQiYyyIGj_tYo

We love to see it!
05/05/2022

We love to see it!

Everyone is out enjoying the sun today! Our insects like lady beetles (aka ladybugs) are voracious eaters and play an en...
05/04/2022

Everyone is out enjoying the sun today! Our insects like lady beetles (aka ladybugs) are voracious eaters and play an enormous part in helping reduce unhelpful pest populations. Want to learn more about these and other local creatures? Check out our upcoming free online workshops on May 16 & May 23 all about Beneficial Insects at tualatinswcd.org, on our events page!

#wildlifewednesday #beneficialinsects

Photo credit: Norio Nomura on Flickr

Even while you're working from a computer in a building far from the wild, you are benefiting from nature. The air you b...
05/03/2022
Ecosystem Services: The Benefits Nature Provides Us - Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District

Even while you're working from a computer in a building far from the wild, you are benefiting from nature. The air you breathe is provided by plants. The food you eat is grown by soil. The phone in your pocket is powered by precious metals and rare minerals.

The way we treat the environment affects our access to these benefits (called ecosystem services). Exploiting ecosystems reduces their ability to provide for us. Whereas conserving ecosystems strengthens their ability to keep us healthy and safe.

Check out our blog to learn about the different kinds of ecosystem services and how everyone can help conserve them.

Ecosystem services are any benefit ecosystems provide to people. Maintaining these services is key to having a healthy and safe planet.

There’s still time to sign up for our Naturescaping: Site Design webinar on Wednesday night! 🌼🌿Join us to learn how to a...
05/02/2022

There’s still time to sign up for our Naturescaping: Site Design webinar on Wednesday night! 🌼🌿

Join us to learn how to apply the principles of naturescaping while planning a design for your yard, garden, or community space. Naturescaping (or gardening with native plants) is a landscaping practice that mimics nature and welcomes wildlife. It saves you time, money, and energy – all while providing a beautiful habitat for birds, wildlife, and you.

Details and registration: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/naturescaping-site-design-2022/

Even though this alert was a couple of days ago, peak bird migration extends through the middle of May. Help keep migrat...
04/27/2022

Even though this alert was a couple of days ago, peak bird migration extends through the middle of May. Help keep migrating birds safe by turning off your outside lights and drawing your blinds! 🐦

Lights Out Alert! Tonight, approximately 3.9 million birds will migrate through Oregon's skies. Help keep them safe by turning off your outside lights tonight and drawing your blinds.

Why is it important? As migrating birds pass over brightly lit cities, skyglow drowns out the stars, confusing them and luring them into urban areas. Once trapped in the windowed maze of the city, birds either hit buildings directly or circle them until they collapse from exhaustion. Lights Out programs help to prevent birds from being attracted to urban areas.

As always thank you to CSU's Aeroeco Lab for posting the nightly numbers. https://aeroecolab.com/oregon

Pollinators, like swallowtail butterflies🦋, love Gilia capitata (Blue thimble flower)! This native flower can grow in ma...
04/27/2022

Pollinators, like swallowtail butterflies🦋, love Gilia capitata (Blue thimble flower)! This native flower can grow in many habitats including sandy or rocky soils. Not to mention, it's an annual species that flowers during spring and winter🌸

📸 Credit: Scholls Valley Native Nursery
#WildlifeWednesday #pollinators #native #WildflowerWednesday

Today we celebrate the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day! 🌎Not sure how to celebrate? Here are some ideas: -Take a walk in a...
04/22/2022

Today we celebrate the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day! 🌎

Not sure how to celebrate? Here are some ideas:
-Take a walk in a local park 🚶‍♂️
-Attend local events 🎉
-Plant a native species🌸
-Find a farmer's market to attend🌽

Photo Credit: Andy Bauer
#EarthDay #nature #local

There are 3 more classes in the series being offered! Check out the link below for more info🐎
04/21/2022
Spring Workshop Series for Equine Owners

There are 3 more classes in the series being offered! Check out the link below for more info🐎

Share Print Apr 12 - May 24, 2022 The online classes in the series will be held on the following Tuesdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm, Tuesday April 12, Tuesday April 26th, Tuesday May 10th, Tuesday May 24th. You register for each class separately. $5.00 Per Class - Scholarships are available, email [email ...

We're closing out soil school 2022 with one of our most popular topics: regenerative farming and gardening. Rhianna Sime...
04/21/2022

We're closing out soil school 2022 with one of our most popular topics: regenerative farming and gardening. Rhianna Simes from Cultivate Oregon will teach us how to implement regenerative practices that will restore our soils and create more benefits along the way!

Register for our LAST session here: https://tualatinswcd.org/event/soil-school-2022/

We’ve got #WildlifeWednesday and #WildflowerWednesday wrapped up in one today! This happy bumble bee is foraging on a na...
04/20/2022

We’ve got #WildlifeWednesday and #WildflowerWednesday wrapped up in one today! This happy bumble bee is foraging on a native goldenrod bloom. You won’t see these blooms until late summer, but once they’re out they’ll be a hotspot for pollinator activity!

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•Gardenfest Plant Sale: Saturday April 27, 8 am - 2 pm. Join Washington County Master Gardeners for a fun-filled day shopping from a selection of 1000’s of plants expertly selected for the PNW, generating inspiring ideas from our new Education Garden, asking questions of our experts, or taking classes. Offering perennials, shrubs, vegetables, herbs and more for flower-filled gardens and bountiful harvests. Children’s activities, plant combination ideas, & gardener gifts too. Our Master Gardeners are delighted to welcome you, inspire you, and help you succeed in your garden by providing practical knowledge on plants, garden care, and diagnosing problems. At PCC Rock Creek Campus - 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland. washingtoncountymastergardeners.org The TSWCD will be providing information about invasive plants and a short class that is free to everyone.
There are 2 people on the ballot for the Director position Zone 4. Only one of them is listed in the voter's pamphlet. Where is the information about Loren Behrman? Why isn't it in the voter's pamphlet?
The final installment of the Tualatin River Watershed Series is this Wed., March 28 (class) and March 31 (field trip). This one focuses on agriculture in the watershed. I've met with local farmers John McDonald and Dave Vanasche. Dave has arranged for the field trip to visit a hazelnut orchard, grass seed farm, berry farm and flower farm. John provided great info and both may join us Wednesday evening. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the 35% of land base in the county that is devoted to agriculture - some 200 different crops.