Art, Tours and Tales of the Willamette River

In celebration of the 5th Annual Willamette River Festival (August 21-28th), WREN is  coordinating efforts with eight community partners and watershed leaders to tell the stories of the Willamette River through the lens of self-guided tours of watershed systems (both natural and human-engineered) and natural art installations. Tour routes will take place in Springfield and Eugene. The...

Adapt, Survive, Thrive

Living organisms must have the genetic diversity to adapt to changing conditions or they don't survive. For WREN the relevance of this lesson could not be clearer. We are nimble, flexible: it's built into our "DNA!"  The education environment changed dramatically for WREN and our school and community partners over the past year. As we were gearing up for our Spring Field trips, the arrival of...

Camas Flower

As spring is in the air and the flowers have started to blossom you may have noticed pretty purple flowers started to sprout. These flowers are called Camas. Camas is a North American plant whose greatest diversity lies in Oregon, which is home to over 65 percent of the named species! Camas plants generally produce flowers between April and June and in Oregon the two most common Camas...

Happy American Wetlands Month!

May is the American Wetlands month! If you are out on a walk and see an area where water covers the soil, or is present either at or near the surface of the soil all year around then you are looking at wetlands! Wetlands vary widely because of regional and local differences in soils, topography, climate, hydrology, water chemistry, vegetation and other factors, including human disturbance. The...

Flying things at Sandpiper/Grimes Ponds

Spotted Spreadwing mating pair,Striped Meadowhawk pair ovipositing. This species oviposits in tandom and often in groups within a small area.A pair of Striped Meadowhawks ovipositing and a pair mating. They commonly oviposit in grassy areas that will later be flooded by winter rains.A solitary wasp (~3/4" long). This one, a Great Golden Digger Wasp, feeds on nector. The female digs burrows and...