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Free, Columbia Slough Tour, Explore the Life of Frogs: Apr 11, 2012 5-6PM

04/11/2012 - 5:00pm
04/11/2012 - 6:00pm
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Free, Columbia Slough Tour, Explore the Life of Frogs: Apr 11, 2012 5-6PM. Info here!

Frogs, frogs & frogs!

When: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5PM-6PM
Where: Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility
19595 NE Sandy Blvd
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Join the fun
Bring the whole family to a hidden wetland in Gresham in search of cold, slimy, and fun frogs.

With amphibian scientist Laura Guderyahn from the City of Gresham, learn about a frog’s life cycle and use a net to hunt for amphibians in the water.

Recommended for kids aged 4+ with their parents; pre-registration requested. $5/family suggested donation to host Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

Got Radon? The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test

Got Radon? The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test. Info here!

Radon gas occurs naturally.

It is present in nearly all soil and rock; you can't see, smell or taste it - but it's there.

Radon forms when uranium breaks down to radium, which in turn breaks down to form radon. As radon decays, it releases radioactive byproducts that are inhaled. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking -- and the number one reason why non-smokers die of lung cancer. It's estimated to be responsible for over 21,000 deaths annually in the United States.

Radon enters a home through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings. Once inside, radon can become trapped and build up to unsafe levels, especially in areas below ground-level. Nationwide it's estimated that 1 in every 15 homes has elevated radon levels. In the Portland / Vancouver area that number can skyrocket to 1 in 4 homes.

Neighborhood Connections: February 2012

Volunteer, Freshwater Mussel Survey, Gresham Ambleside Creek: Aug 6, 2011 10AM

08/06/2011 - 10:00am
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Johnson Creek Watershed Council seeks volunteers for native freshwater mussel surveys this summer, July-Sept 2011. This event represents a unique opportunity for the general public to assist with important field research. Apply here!
Freshwater mussel

Volunteer Opportunity!

When: Sat, Aug 6, 2011 10AM-1:30PM
Where: Ambleside Creek
(contact for exact location)
Gresham OR
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Find Freshwater Mussels
The City and Johnson Creek Watershed Council seek volunteers to come learn about these creatures and spend two hours searching for them from 10AM to 1:30PM on Saturday Aug. 6 in Gresham. All ages welcome.

Last year's survey results were astounding. Extensive beds of Western pearlshell mussels were identified. This, and finding four adult Coho salmon last fall, tells us the Gresham reaches of Johnson Creek are able to once again support these native fish. Probably in part due to the cleaning power of the mussels!

Wetlands 101, Free Workshop at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park: Apr 30, 2011 8:45AM

04/30/2011 - 8:45am
04/30/2011 - 1:00pm
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Columbia Slough Watershed Council presents Wetlands 101. Free Workshop at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park: Apr 30, 2011 8:45AM-1PM
Wetlands. Important to plants, animals & people

When: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 8:45AM-1PM
Where: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218
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Learn About Urban Wetlands

Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for a free workshop all about local wetlands. Learn why wetlands are important to urban communities, how wetland mitigation occurs, and what plants and animals rely on wetlands to survive. Finish up the class with an outdoor field trip focusing on wetland restoration projects in NE Portland.

Columbia Slough Watershed map

Advanced registration required; suitable for adults and teens 14+.

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