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From Wastewater to Wetlands: A Stunning Story of Restoration for Birds

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When: Apr 27, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

Join Joe Liebezeit on April 27 for a talk on Fernhill Wetlands, an inspiring local example of green infrastructure and how it affects wildlife, community, and water quality.

Where: Happy Valley Station,  13551 SE 145th Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97015

Fernhill Wetlands is a beautiful example of habitat restoration that benefits wildlife and also provides a vital service to the community by treating wastewater naturally. This 600 acre wetland near the confluence of Gales Creek and the Tualatin River contains essential marsh, lake, and riparian habitat and is host to thousands of migrant and resident bird species.

Join Portland Audubon’s Avian Conservation Program Manager Joe Liebezeit to learn more about the innovative Natural Treatment Systems (NTS)/Habitat Enhancement Project at the Fernhill Wetlands site in Forest Grove, and learn how Portland Audubon and its team of community scientists are learning how the bird community is responding to the habitat enhancement efforts.

An experienced wildlife biologist and conservationist, Joe has been studying birds and other wildlife in diverse habitats for over 20 years. He leads Portland Audubon’s community science program which includes projects ranging from songbird surveys in Portland greenspaces to seabird and oystercatcher monitoring on the coast. Joe also manages Portland Audubon’s Ocean Conservation Program which focuses on helping implement Oregon’s new system of marine reserves and increasing protections of forage fish species important to seabirds.

This event is organized in partnership with Water Environment Services of Clackamas County, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council, The Wetlands Conservancy, and the Audubon Society of Portland.

Delicious food and drinks are available for purchase from Happy Valley Station.

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Photo by Tara Lemezis

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