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Tualatin River NWR hosts monthly extended learning class and volunteer work party
Southwest Region, March 10, 2012
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Volunteers gather to trim Douglas-Fir branches to promote understory growth for a healthy forest ecosystem!
Volunteers gather to trim Douglas-Fir branches to promote understory growth for a healthy forest ecosystem! - Photo Credit: Peter Schmidt, USFWS Biologist

For this month's extended learning class, open to the public, Refuge Biologist Pete Schmidt discussed white cheeked geese. Schmidt described the local subspecies of "white-cheeked" geese (or Canada geese) that are common to this area. He presented some genetics information on these birds and also offered insight into their breeding grounds and population overlaps. Schmidt further discussed the management concerns with regard to populations that are declining as well as populations that are increasing and the apparent reasons for these trends. Sixteen volunteers attended this class, along with Gardiner Platt, Friends of the Refuge Environmental Education Coordinator and Valerie Morgan, FWS Biological Technician.

 

Following the extended learning class, several days later, the Refuge had a Restoration Work Party. Volunteers trimmed Douglas-fir branches during this work party. Nine volunteers were accompanied by Pete Schmidt (FWS) and Bob Swanson (Friends of the Refuge). They worked on the South Claus unit, where a Douglas-fir tree plantation was planted by the previous land owner. Volunteers trimmed the lower branches of the trees to help clear a path for FWS staff to return and thin out the trees. As a result of thinning the trees, healthy understory growth will be promoted. March’s work party and extended learning session brought two new volunteers to the refuge.


Contact Info: Erin Holmes, 361-286-3559, erin_holmes@fws.gov



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