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Lessons from the Refuge

and how they apply at home


Earlier this week, I ate lunch in the backyard with my daughters. The sun was out and so were the hummingbirds. Three of them took turns dive bombing each other; I believe we were witnessing a turf war for an overgrown snowball bush that just started to bloom. Time spent with hummingbirds gets me wondering how I can do a better job of supporting all species of birds right here at home.

Fortunately, we'll all have a chance to learn from the experts on May 6, 6-7 pm, on a virtual tour of Finley Refuge.

Bill Proebsting, OSU Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, who tends Finley's Visitor Center garden, will join Refuge Visitor Services Manager Sam Bartling to discuss managing large and small landscapes for birds. We'll travel behind the scenes to get a look at a variety of habitat types and how to incorporate critical habitat elements into landscapes of any scale. We also hope to see - and hear - some of the birds while we're there. This tour, which is part of Natural Areas Celebration Week, will  be held virtually via Facebook. Check the Facebook event page for details on how to connect. 
-Heath Keirstead

Nothing Gold Can Stay

by Robert Frost


Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

The Team at Benton SWCD

Holly Crosson, Executive Director, 541-753-7208 ext. 203 
Donna Schmitz, Resource Conservationist, 541-753-7208 ext. 201
Teresa Matteson, Resource Conservationist, 541-753-7208 ext. 204
Heath Keirstead, Communications & Community Engagement, 541-753-7208 ext. 205
Laura Brown, River Restoration & Invasive Species Program Coordinator, 541-753-7208 ext.202
Linda Lovett, Operations Manager, 541-753-7208 ext. 200

Upcoming Events


5/6 Invasives in Your Backyard Webinar
5/6 Plants for Birds Virtual Tour at Finley
5/18 Virtual Budget Committee Meeting
6/1 Online ordering for Native Plant Sale opens!
6/4 Aquatic Plant ID Workshop
7/8 River Float with Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
7/15 Paddle and Pull Event

View these events and more on our calendar.
Click here to view plant/bird expert Bill Proebsting's Tips on Gardening for Birds!
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