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2024 Certifications and Upgrades

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / April 1, 2024

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…

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Backyard Biodiversity: The Hidden World of the Pacific Water Shrew

By Mariah Jiang / March 22, 2024

Written By: Daniel Krumm While upon first glance it may be a relatively non-descript small gray mammal, the Pacific water shrew is a rare gem in Northwestern ecosystems, and possesses…

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Coyote Sue & Myk’s Habitat

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / August 30, 2023

This habitat in Lake Oswego has part sun, shade, and moist soil.

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Burke’s Habitat

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / August 30, 2023

This habitat in the city of Gresham has full sun, part sun, shade, dry, and moist soil.

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Sally’s Habitat

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / August 30, 2023

This habitat in the Rose City Park neighborhood has full sun, part sun, shade, and dry soil.

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Native Plant Highlight: Suksdorf’s Hawthorn

By Anne Ternes / August 24, 2023

Suksdorf’s hawthorn is an overstory tree that supports hundreds of species, looks good while doing it, and has a great name.

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Native Plant Highlight: Oval-leaved Viburnum

By Anne Ternes / August 24, 2023

Attracting pollinators and pest-eating insects, supporting over thirty species of butterflies, providing food and shelter for birds and mammals, our native viburnum does it all.

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Native Plant Highlight: Oregon Ash

By Anne Ternes / August 24, 2023

Oregon ash is a wetland wonder, stabilizing soils, protecting water, housing caterpillars, butterflies, and birds, and providing debris for aquatic habitat.

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Native Plant Highlight: Lady Fern

By Anne Ternes / August 24, 2023

Lady fern is a tall, broad-leaved fern that grows in the forests and riparian areas of the Pacific Northwest. Lady fern’s spring growth provides food for many insects and snails, while the leaves provide shelter for birds and mammals in the summer and fall.

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Native Plant Highlight: Drops of Gold

By Anne Ternes / August 24, 2023

Drops of gold and Hooker’s fairy bells are apt names for this lily that grows in the shade of trees, often surrounded by water.

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Native Plant Highlight: Kinnikinnick

By Amiel Cruz / August 24, 2023

Oregon ash is a wetland wonder, stabilizing soils, protecting water, housing caterpillars, butterflies, and birds, and providing debris for aquatic habitat.

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Native Plant Highlight: Blue Wildrye

By Anne Ternes / August 24, 2023

Want ornamental grass in your landscape? Wish you could encourage more ground-nesting birds? Just want to know more about native grasses? Come check out our new post, all about blue wildrye.

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The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / April 13, 2023

As we continue to experience the devastating effects of climate change and habitat loss, it’s become increasingly important to consider how our actions can impact the environment. We can make…

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2023 Certifications and Upgrades

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 22, 2023

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…

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Plant Sales – Spring 2023

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / February 1, 2023

We’ll use this post to talk about the local native plant sales happening before June 2023. Scappoose Bay Watershed Council April 8, 2023, @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pmScappoose High…

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OregonFlora: A Comprehensive Guide to the Vascular Plants of Oregon

By Megan Van de Mark / August 23, 2022

If you’re interested in learning about plants native to Oregon, OregonFlora is a great resource to support your learning. They’ve assembled a guide to the 4,700+ vascular plants of Oregon which they share through their website, the Flora of Oregon books, and their wildflower identification app.

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Summer Partner Events & Classes

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / July 22, 2022

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

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring MCMGA’s Demonstration Garden

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / July 8, 2022

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

A selection of plants in trays in a garden.

Plant Sales – Fall 2022

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / June 28, 2022

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…

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Char’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / June 8, 2022

Site Information: Char’s habitat in the Cedar Mill area is full sun to full shade, with dry to wet soil conditions and a slope.