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Summer Partner Events & Classes

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Events

Many of our partners are offering great classes, events, or resources this spring. Check our the list of partner events we know about.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring MCMGA’s Demonstration Garden

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Open Gardens Project

This habitat in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood has full sun, part sun, shade, and dry soil.

Plant Sales – Fall 2022

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Plant Sales

We’ll use this post to list some of the local native plant sales happening in the fall of 2022. Fall is the best time of the year to plant native species. Sparrowhawk Native Plants Native Plants for Fall! Leaf buds are getting plump, early nesters are partnering up, and gardeners are itching to get our…

Helping Birds

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: In the Garden

There are ways we can help birds! The Backyard Habitat encourages folks to keep cats from roaming unsupervised outdoors and implement actions to reduce bird-window collisions. 

2022 Certifications and Upgrades

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Certifications

At Backyard Habitats, we not only provide incentives and knowledge to program participants working toward creating wildlife habitats, but we also enjoy recognizing and celebrating all those who met the thresholds of Silver, Gold, and Platinum certifications. On our Facebook page, we often share posts of our participants getting certified. Those posts share details about…

Plant Sales – Spring 2022

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Plant Sales

We’ll be using this post to talk about the local native plant sales happening before June 2022. Scappoose Bay Watershed Council April 9, 2022 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pmScappoose High School at 33700 SE High School Way, Scappoose, Oregon 97056. The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council offers native trees and shrubs to landowners interested in…

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Riverplace’s Habitat

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Riverplace condos near the South Waterfront Park naturescaped their grounds to coordinate with the natural beauty of the Willamette shore.

Garden ID Resources

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: In the Garden, Living With Wildlife, Native Plants, Resources

People often ask us to identify wildlife, plants, and pests. Although we are happy to help, there are currently many free resources that do an excellent job at that. These are some that our program participants may find useful.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Renita’s Habitat

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Renita’s habitat in Vancouver has part sun to shade conditions, with dry soils

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Debbie’s Habitat

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Located in SW Portland, Debbie has a part sun, part shade yard with a 40-degree slope, and a conservation easement covering 65% of the lot.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Mr. Bizzy Bee’s Habitat

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: This habitat has part sun, shade, dry, and moist areas.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Oliver’s Habitat

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: SW Portland habitat, with full sun, part sun, shade, dry, moist, wet, slope, and miscellaneous mystery fills/matrices in lieu of soil.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Susan’s Habitat

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: This habitat in unincorporated Washington County has full sun, part sun, shade, dry, moist, and sloped areas.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Antonya’s Habitat

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Located in the Roseway (NE Portland) neighborhood, with full sun, part sun, shade, and dry areas.

2021 Certifications and Upgrades

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Certifications

At Backyard Habitats, we not only provide incentives and knowledge to program participants working toward creating wildlife habitats, but we also enjoy recognizing and celebrating all those who met the thresholds of Silver, Gold, and Platinum certifications. On our Facebook page, we often share posts of our participants getting certified. Those posts share details about…

2020 Certifications and Upgrades

by JP Marchetti-Mendez

Categories: Certifications

At Backyard Habitats, we not only provide incentives and knowledge to program participants working toward creating wildlife habitats, but we also enjoy recognizing and celebrating all those who met the thresholds of Silver, Gold, and Platinum certifications. On our Facebook page, we often share posts of our participants getting certified. Those posts share details about…

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