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June 20-26, 2016 is National Pollinator Week

National Pollinator Week has been designated by the U.S Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what you can do to protect them.

“Pollinators bring us the wildflowers of spring, the berries of summer, the pumpkins we carve into jack-o’-lanterns in fall. Our dinner tables would be less enticing without them: approximately three-quarters of crop plant species need a bee or other pollinator, which translates to roughly one-third of the food and drink that we consume. More than 8 in 10 flowering plants rely on a pollinator for reproduction, plants which provide food and shelter for myriad other wildlife.” Mathew Shepherd, Xerces Society Blog.  

You can find wonderful resources at www.pollinator.org/pollinatorweek and at www.xerces.org to help pollinators increase in numbers and stay healthy. You can also purchase the book Attracting Native Pollinators by the Xerces Society for $25 at the district office.

2016 Woodland Tour

The perfect weather and hundreds of enthusiastic 5th graders made for a great experience for everyone at the Cruickshank Woodland Tour May 11 and 12. Students from Yamhill county private and public schools along with volunteers, instructors, teachers and Yamhill Soil & Water Conservation district staff were on hand to share a rich outdoor, educational day in the woods.  Dave and Doris Cruickshank and their family have hosted the Cruickshank Woodland School on their Three Oaks Farm since 1961 and have served over 11,000 students. The contribution they have made to our youth cannot be quantified and we appreciate their willingness to contribute to the future of our community in this significant way!

The success of this event is dependent on the instructors and group leaders who willingly volunteer their time to come out and work with the kids. We appreciate each of them so much!

2016 Annual Earth Day Celebration

A BIG shout-out to the wonderful partners that helped make Earth Day a smashing success including, Head Start of  Yamhill County; Chemeketa Americorps Volunteers; Linfield Student Volunteers; Greater Yamhill Watershed Council and Watershed Education Adventures, Karen Hoyt and her Birds of Prey, Tom Brewster and his bird box station, and many, many wonderful volunteers. 

This year's annual Earth Day Celebration gave adults and children alike the opportunity to explore and reconnect with nature through a variety of hands-on experiences. During Karen Hoyt's popular presentation, guests were captivated by an up close and personal view of birds of prey. For those brave enough to hold creepy crawlies, there were snakes and salamanders ready to say 'Hello!' Many guests purchased native plants and built bird boxes to take home as a reminder to continue celebrating our Earth every day.

Thank you to Charles Hillestad for taking these amazing photos

       

 

Check Out the Native Plants We Will Be Selling at Earth Day

In preparation of our annual Earth Day Celebration this Saturday, we are highlighting a Plant of the Day on our Miller Woods Facebook page. Each plant will be available for purchase onApril 16 from 10am – 2pm.

Today’s plant is Yarrow. It is a hardy perennial with fern-like leaves growing from 4 to 36 inches. The tiny white to pale pink blooms flower from mid-spring to mid-fall. Yarrow thrives in almost any situation and can become invasive. It can be used as a lawn substitute and can be mowed to form a soft carpet. It grows in full sun and slightly moist to dry soils. It is an excellent plant for butterflies and is deer resistant!

To see all the featured plants we will be selling, go to www.facebook.com/enjoymillerwoods

WELCOME Sonya: Volunteer joins district staff as Miller Woods Property Manager

Sonya is no stranger to the district as she has been a dedicated volunteer at Miller Woods since 2006. Recognized at the District’s 2014 Annual Dinner for her service, Sonya has contributed over 5000 volunteer hours.

Born and raised near Orlando, Florida Sonya has made Oregon her home since 2003.  She loves the mild weather, being surrounded by trees and seeing mountains in the distance.  An avid outdoor adventurer she enjoys running, cycling, hiking, cooking and reading.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Her career includes working with runaway and homeless teens in California and later working in finance and office administration at OHSU in Portland.  

After her many years of dedicated service, she feels right at home as the Miller Woods Property Manager. Sonya can be reached by emailingyswcd.millerwoods@gmail.com or calling the district office at 503-472-6403.

All-Seasons Approach to Monitoring and Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila Webinar

Tuesday, April 12, 2016   •  10 – 11:30 am Pacific time  •  FREE 

Registration required at www.pesticide.org/swd_webinar_2016 or contact Sharon Selvaggio at 503-704-0327 sselvaggio@pesticide.org

Soft fruit growers: Attend to add monitoring, prevention, and cultural methods to your management plan!

The webinar will be organized by each of the four seasons, demonstrating what’s happening in the life cycle of SWD, and effective techniques to monitor and reduce populations.

Dr. Amy Dreves (Oregon State University, Assistant Professor & Sr. Researcher, IPM Research, Extension and Education Entomologist) will be presenting.

A Spanish translation of the webinar will be available online by early summer.

Thank You Jackson Family Wines for Volunteering at Miller Woods

The district would like to express a big THANK YOU to Ken Kupperman, Director of Vineyard Operations for Jackson Family Wines, for offering to send his crew to work in our Native Plant Nursery at Miller Woods. The timing was perfect as the district needed help planting their bare root plants into pots for the “grow out” process. Jackson Family Wines owns and operates the Gran Moraine Winery and volunteerism is an integral part of their company mission. And after having the group volunteer for two full days for us, we have to agree with Ken’s assessment. He told us his crew did not consist of good workers, it consists of GREAT workers! That was evident by how much they got done in two days and their dedication to serve their community. Thank you again to everyone who volunteered. You can visit their website at http://www.granmoraine.com.  

 

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