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A birdbath in the middle of a garden.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Melissa’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / April 21, 2021

Site Information: Melissa’s site in St. Johns has full sun, part shade, and dry to moist soil conditions

A small backyard with trees and bushes.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Vonda’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / April 19, 2021

Site information: Vonda’s habitat is located in Tigard, in the Cook Park area

A pond with rocks and plants in the background.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Cindy’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / April 12, 2021

Site Information: Located in West Linn, Cindy’s habitat has a pond that drains into the Willamette River.

A white flower with a bee on it.

Upcoming events: Spring 2021

By Megan Van de Mark / April 10, 2021

If you’re looking to deepen your knowledge on an assortment of backyard habitat-related topics, check out these upcoming events and learning opportunities offered by partners and local community groups.

A garden in a yard with trees and flowers.

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

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / April 7, 2021

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

A small backyard with a tree and a birdbath.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Ric’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / April 7, 2021

Site Information: Located in the Concordia neighborhood of NE Portland, Ric’s site conditions range from full sun to shade, dry to moist.

A red flowering tree in a yard.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Caroline’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / April 7, 2021

Site Information: Located in the St. John’s neighborhood of North Portland, Caroline’s site conditions are part sun.

A person is standing in the rain in a wooded area.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Oliver’s Habitat

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / April 7, 2021

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

A backyard garden with a stone path and ferns.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Diane’s Habitat

By Megan Van de Mark / April 7, 2021

Site Information: Located in Washington County, Diane’s site conditions range from full sun to shade, dry to moist, and include the presence of a slope.

A dead tree in the middle of a garden.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Susan’s Habitat

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / April 7, 2021

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

The other side view of the spruce bough hanging over the path -note conifer trimmings left to decay. Salal, kinnikinnick, OR sedum (and bleeding heart dormant) along the wall.

Open Gardens Project – Featuring Antonya’s Habitat

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / April 7, 2021

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

Masked person leaning against the trunk of a large tree, holding a yard sign.

2021 Certifications and Upgrades

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 11, 2021

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…

Two people standing in front of pruned bushes and a fence, holding their certification sign.

2020 Certifications and Upgrades

By JP Marchetti-Mendez / March 11, 2021

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…

Yellow flowers on green background.

Make your outdoor space welcoming for birds and beneficial insects

By Megan Van de Mark / March 9, 2021

Here are tips from our Wildlife Care Center and Backyard Habitat Certification Program (a collaboration with Columbia Land Trust) on steps you can take to make your outdoor space more welcoming and safe for birds and beneficial insects.

A house with a sign on it.

We launched a Backyard Habitat blog!

By Megan Van de Mark / November 3, 2020

After more than 10 years, the Backyard Habitat team decided it was time to launch a blog, and we wanted to let you know about it! If you’re wondering, “Why…