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the Nature of Portland

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A blog about all things related to the natural side of the Portland, Oregon metro area. Featuring profiles of native flora and fauna, and profiles of local parks and other places where you can get close to nature. Plus nature-related news, events and other things affecting the Nature of Portland

When I planted four Cascara Buckthorn (Rhamnus purshiana) trees in my yard several years ago, my yard didn't have much to offer the wildlife.  So I couldn't wait for my new

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I love the sound of crickets in the evening.  They always remind me of summers where I grew up in North Carolina.  It seems like we had more crickets there, and where my grandparents lived in the mid-west, than we do here in western Oregon (or should I say HEAR in western Oregon?). I don't know if tha

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Smith and Bybee Wetlands: Something to See, Anytime of Year

Recently we've had some very Spring-like days here in Portland. The days last a little longer, and the sun feels a little warmer. We're already seeing the first blossoms of Spring.  Native plants like

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Now that my native landscaping is starting to fill in and mature a little bit, I've really noticed an increase in the number of bird species that I see in the yard.  On one recent mornin

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About a year and a half ago, I posted some information about solitary Mason Bees... how they're important native pollinators, and how you can help sustain their numbers by providing a good s

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It's Rose Festival time in Portland.   Last week, I decided to go down to the East Bank Esplanade to watch the ships come in fo

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It seems I've been circling some sort of strange otter nexus, lately.

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I posted recently about all the spring action in my yard - including some new neighbors helping themselves to my bark mulch.  Now some neighbors are tearing apart the liner of our hangin

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On a recent trip to Camassia Natural Area, I was lucky enough to catch some interesting Osprey behavior on film.

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Two of the newest plants in my native landscaping have flowered for the first time, so I thought I would share a few pictures of this brand new pair of bloomers.

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Readers of this blog may know that I installed a landscape using (almost) entirely native plants, in what used to be the very bland yard of our duplex (mostly lawn).  Now I

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Hey, look at that!  My Facebook page is almost up to 100 likes!  If you haven't caught up to me there yet, why not help me blow right past 100 and get on my way to 200 likes? Here's a link:  facebook.com/theNatureofPortland

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Picking up where we left off, let's see the park's namesake - the Camas lilies...

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I recently ran across this incredible video of Portland - made with time lapse photography - by the very talented folks at Uncage the Soul Video Production.  Called Finding Portland, it really highlights some of the true Nature of Portland (natur

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After being tagged by Michael Barton, over at Exploring Portland's Natural Areas, I am taking part in

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I just put up a bird feeder the other day, and filled it with some good, low waste feed which includes cracked corn and peanuts.  I haven't noticed any small birds at the feeder yet, but the larger fauna have certainly taken note.  I enjoyed watching a squirrel discover the feeder, and I had to admire

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Hidden away

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I've posted before, about Minthorn Springs Wetland in Milwaukie.  It's a great little wetland habitat, surprisingly close to commercial, light industrial, and residential development along

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This week's Nature Word - cere - was pulled from the avian morphology category.

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Remember all that sun we had recently?  Wasn't that amazing?  I wonder if we'll feel that kind of warmth on our shoulders again before, I don't know... June?  I sure hope so, because I've got a bad case of Spring Fever! This past weekend, I tried to soak up as many of those precious rays as I co

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I took a quick trip out to the Columbia Gorge on the last weekend in January, to see the falls in their full winter glory (must be all that pluviosity - lots of rain the week before), and to celebrate my mom's birthday.  She chose the

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In Part 1 of this post, I was taking you along on my first exploration of Graham Oaks Nature Park. Let's pick up where we left off - on the Legacy Creek Trail as it emerges from the conifer forest, to

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Just outside the city limits of Wilsonville (the

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The absence of amphibians in a wetland area can be an indicator of habitat degradation.  On the flip side, the appearance of amphibians in a restored wetland area is a good sign that someone did something right. Oregon Field Guide recently did an interesting segment about wetlands restoration in the Portland area

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One of the trees I’ve used in my native landscaping is the Cascara tree, or Cascara Buckthorn (Rhamnus purshiana

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For thirteen years now, I've worked in an office located off of Highway 224, in Milwaukie.  Adjoining the office complex, there's a small wetland area called Minthorn Springs.  Looking out the office window, or as I've come and gone, I've seen lots of ducks and Canada Geese in the area, and the occasi

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The Portland City Council is expected to approve the purchase of 146 acres along a hillside south of River View Cemetery, using money from several different sources.  The plan is to - eventually - develop a trail system and habitat management plan. Read more about it in

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It seems that spring has finally arrived in Portland.  One sure sign of this fact, in my native landscaping, is the blooming of my Oregon Iris (Iris tenax

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