Eco-Blitz 5/6/2018

Be a part of a citizen science movement and contribute to the Portland-Vancouver species inventory! 
At our Eco-Blitz, scientists, families, and community members will work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The event is free and open to all ages. No experience is necessary. This year we want to encourage participants to utilize the iNaturalist app. If you are able, please come with a device with the app already downloaded. Each walk leader will have a tablet to document the species seen, but participants will receive a brief training on using the app prior to the walk starting and then have the ability to practice in the field. There will also be activities as well as snacks and beverages at the trailhead!

7:30am-9:30am Birding 
7:30am-9:30am Tracking and Mammals 
10:00am-12:00pm Plant Hike (wildflower and fungi)
11:00am-12:00pm Kids Nature Hike
12:00pm-2:00pm Reptiles and Amphibians
12:00pm-2:00pm Insects
2:00pm-3:00pm Kid's Nature Hike
2:00pm-4:00pm Ethnobotany
8:00pm-10:00pm Night Hike

Register to use the iNaturalist app. Then download the app to your Android or Apple smart phone.

No smart phone? No problem! Record observations in the field, and add them later to iNaturalist.org. Or, if you attend one of our events, you can partner with someone with a smart phone.

Need more help? Here's a tutorial for using iNaturalist.


Floodplain Restoration

This is by far the largest restoration project to take place at Steigerwald Lake NWR and even in the lower Columbia River. Headed by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, and in collaboration with Refuge Staff and many other partners, this project will restore 912 acres of Columbia River floodplain habitat and restore year-round access to salmon and lamprey. To learn more, visit the Estuary Partnership's project page.


Urban Refuge Initiative

With 80% of the US population residing in urban areas, USFWS began an initiative to specifically address connecting our urban communities with their local Refuges.  The Portland Metro area is lucky to have 4 Refuges included in the Portland-Vancouver Urban Refuge Program: Ridgfield, Steigerwald Lake, Tualatin River, and Wapato Lake.   Learn more about the program here and follow them on Facebook


54-40 Brewing Restoration Ale Series

We have partnered with our neighbors to the west, 54-40 Brewing, to help bring awareness of the Gorge Refuges and quench your thirst after hiking at Steigerwald Lake.   The first of our rotating beers in the Restoration Ale Series is a very smooth Dopplebock.  

For directions and more information about the beer visit their Taproom page.



Floodplain Restoration

This is by far the largest restoration project to take place at Steigerwald Lake NWR and even in the lower Columbia River. Headed by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, and in collaboration with Refuge Staff and many other partners, this project will restore 912 acres of Columbia River floodplain habitat and restore year-round access to salmon and lamprey. To learn more, visit the Estuary Partnership's project page.


Urban Refuge Initiative

With 80% of the US population residing in urban areas, USFWS began an initiative to specifically address connecting our urban communities with their local Refuges.  The Portland Metro area is lucky to have 4 Refuges included in the Portland-Vancouver Urban Refuge Program: Ridgfield, Steigerwald Lake, Tualatin River, and Wapato Lake.   Learn more about the program here and follow them on Facebook


54-40 Brewing Restoration Ale Series

We have partnered with our neighbors to the west, 54-40 Brewing, to help bring awareness of the Gorge Refuges and quench your thirst after hiking at Steigerwald Lake.   The first of our rotating beers in the Restoration Ale Series is a very smooth Dopplebock.  

For directions and information about the beer visit their Taproom page.