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What’s That Weed?

Invasive:  Yellow archangel (Lamiastrum galeobdolon) Characteristics:  Yellow archangel, or yellow Lamium, is a fast-growing, rhizomatous, trailing (sometimes upright) perennial ground cover.  Stems are square in cross-section, and are typically less than 3 ft (1 m) tall.  The hairy leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, and are variegated with white or silvery-grey markings, ovate, and coarsely […]

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Flies Eat Frogs?

Above: Celeste, the dragonfly whisperer, admires a catch at the Dragonfly Surveyor Mid-season Potluck in 2018 (photo credit: Bonnie Comegys). Did you know Dragonflies spend the majority of their life underwater? They spend the juvenile stages of their lives as what are called ‘nymphs.’ Dragonfly and Damselfly nymphs rest on the creek bed, propel along […]

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What’s That Weed?

Invasive:  Italian Arum (Arum italicum) Characteristics: Italian Arum—a.k.a. Lords and Ladies—is a tuberous perennial, growing to 12 inches high.  It has glossy, arrow-shaped leaves up to 14 inches long, with white or yellow “marbling”.  A finger-like spadix of white or yellow flowers, partially sheathed by a large, pale-green bract, is borne on an erect stalk […]

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Awesomeness on Earth Day

What a group of awesomeness we had this Earth Day! We had folks join us from Central City Concern, Rockwell Automation, Inc. , Toast, SWCA Environmental Consultants, 7-11, community members, and neighbors. (Thanks Chris and Janice for letting us use your wheelbarrow!) Not only did we have a ton of fun, we also: -mulched thousands of plants,-planted 100 oaks, -removed 4,800 […]

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Why we love Portland Parks & Recreation

It’s magical, but it’s not magic By: Volunteer Program Manager Courtney Beckel Many of you may know me as the person behind the emails, brightly asking for your hand as we walk towards a healthier creek and more connected community together. Others know me from the events I plan here at the council, like Watershed […]

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