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Helping Birds

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 24, 2022

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. 

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Spring Partner Events & Classes

By Megan Van de Mark / March 23, 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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2022 Certifications and Upgrades

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 22, 2022

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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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Ruth’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / February 21, 2022

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

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Anne and Gary’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / January 24, 2022

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

A garden with a lot of flowers and rocks.

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

By Megan Van de Mark / January 7, 2022

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

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Rosewig’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / December 28, 2021

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

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Plant Sales – Spring 2022

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / December 20, 2021

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…

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East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: Fall Classes

By Megan Van de Mark / October 13, 2021

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/.

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Donna’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / September 28, 2021

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

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Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District: Fall Classes

By Megan Van de Mark / September 15, 2021

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/.

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Riverplace’s Habitat

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / September 15, 2021

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

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The Garden Experiment

By Janel Hull / September 1, 2021

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…

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Open Gardens Project – Featuring Laura’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / September 1, 2021

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

A backyard with a rock garden and flowers.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Anne’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / August 30, 2021

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

A garden in the middle of a street.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Paula’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / August 17, 2021

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

A garden with a lot of plants and trees.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Debbie’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / August 17, 2021

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

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Garden ID Resources

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / August 13, 2021

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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Caring for plants, animals, and each other during extreme heat

By Megan Van de Mark / August 12, 2021

As extreme heat and extended periods of drought become more frequent in our region, we wanted to share some tips on how to care for plants, animals, and each other during extreme heat.

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Fall Native Plant Sales

By Megan Van de Mark / August 9, 2021

Sparrowhawk Native Plants: Online ordering for Sparrowhawk’s fall native plant sales starts Sunday, August 15th for pick-up in October. Shop in advance from a great selection of habitat-friendly native plants.