More native plants for Camp Polk
More than 17,000 native sedges were planted at Camp Polk Meadow last week, bringing our planting total to 132,000 plants since last fall! Karen Allen led hired crews through most of the planting, with Trout Unlimited and Land Trust volunteers digging in for a few hours on June 30th. Thank you, everyone, for all of your hard work! If you haven't had the chance to join us for a planting work party yet, come out in September.
Snags for Wildlife
In 2005, after receiving funding from the American Bird Conservancy, the Land Trust partnered with Steve Shunk and East Cascade Audubon Society to conduct a snag survey of Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. The results of the survey indicated we needed more of these dead standing trees, so we created 7 by cutting the tops off of live Ponderosa pine trees.
Now, several years later, we're very excited to report that those trees have become home to many birds, including flickers, pygmy nuthatches, and white-headed woodpeckers. Similar activity has been noted recently at snags created at the Metolius Preserve as well.
Butterflies at the Metolius Preserve
The great arctic butterfly is back! Come join us on a butterfly tour at the Metolius Preserve to watch them flit about the woods and bask in the sun. It takes most members of this species two years to complete their metamorphosis (egg → caterpillar → chrysalis → adult butterfly) and we haven't seen any since 2008--so it's very exciting to see them out and about again!