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Enjoying Our Backyard Habitats

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Categories: In the Garden

Several St. Andrew Lutheran Church members have certified Backyard Habitats. Each followed the criteria, available on-line, to study their yards. Learn a little about each of them and their efforts to create habitat!

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Amber’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Amber’s habitat in the Cully neighborhood is full sun to full shade, with dry soil conditions and a slope

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. 

Spring Partner Events & Classes

by Megan Van de Mark

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.

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…

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Ruth’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Ruth’s habitat in Vancouver is part to full sun to full shade, with dry to moist soil conditions

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Anne and Gary’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Anne and Gary’s habitat in Garden Home in Washington County is part to full sun to full shade, with dry to moist soil conditions and a slope

Open Gardens Project – Featuring the “Water Wise Garden at the Wildlife Botanical Gardens” Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: The Water Wise Garden habitat is located in Brush Prairie, Washington. It has part to full shade, with moist soil conditions.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Rosewig’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Jane’s habitat in Beaverton has full sun, part sun, and shade light conditions and dry to wet soil conditions as well as a slope

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…

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: Fall Classes

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Events

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) is hosting a series of free webinars in English this fall. Check them out below or directly on their website at https://emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops/.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Donna’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Donna’s habitat in Lake Oswego is part to full shade, with dry to moist soil conditions

Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District: Fall Classes

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Events

Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District (TSWCD) is hosting a series of free webinars in English and Spanish this fall. Check them out in this post or directly on their website: https://tualatinswcd.org/.

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.

The Garden Experiment

by Janel Hull

Categories: In the Garden

By Janel Hull There it was, a flash of radiant yellow, orange, and jet black in the tree tops. The bird settled on a branch of my backyard pear tree just in time for a high-pitched squeal to scare it to a neighboring tree. That squeal was mine. I couldn’t believe I was seeing a…

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Laura’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Laura’s habitat in Cedar Hills in Washington County has full sun, part sun, and shade light conditions and dry to wet soil conditions as well as a slope

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Anne’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Anne’s habitat in Portland has full sun conditions

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Paula’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Paula’s habitat in North Portland has full sun to part shade to full shade conditions and dry to moist soil conditions

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Debbie’s Habitat

by Megan Van de Mark

Categories: Open Gardens Project

Site Information: Debbie’s habitat in South Tabor in SE Portland has full sun to part shade to full shade conditions and dry to moist soil conditions

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.

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