Green Neighbors Program

The Clark County Green Neighbors Program was developed and is maintained by Clark County Solid Waste and Environmental Outreach to assist citizens with developing more sustainable lifestyles and building a strong environmental community in Clark County. Solid waste regional planning and programs are a cooperative effort of Battle Ground, Camas, Clark County, La Center, Ridgefield, Vancouver, Washougal, and Yacolt. Funding for this project provided by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Where Do Bees Go in the Winter?

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Ever wondered where bees go in the winter? With over 20,000 bee species in the world, there are nearly as many strategies for surviving the bloom-less, cold months.

In this webinar with Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Bee & Bloom experts will provide an overview of all the bees that live in the Pacific Northwest, and how their life cycles take the winter into account. Learn all about the winter survival strategies of European honeybees, native bumblebees, and native solitary bees. They may be out of sight, but we hope they aren’t out of mind! We’ll also cover some simple practices for making their “dormant” phases more successful.

Registration is required.

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Sandhill Crane Tours

Saturday, December 11, 2021
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Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Saturday, December 11: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website.

Attracting Pollinators to the Urban Garden

Monday, December 13, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Gardens are pollinated by a variety of insects that help flowers set seed and help fruit and vegetable plants produce an edible harvest. Mostly familiar with European honey bees, few of us are aware of the many flies, beetles, moths and butterflies at our doorsteps that also provide critical pollination services. In this workshop with East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, you will learn about the different kinds of pollinators that might be living in your garden, discover a plant palette to help attract and support pollinators, and go beyond the bloom to consider ways to provide shelter, water, nesting, and overwintering sites. Please note that this class will focus on the Wilamette Valley in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.

Registration is required.

 

Bring Back the Pollinators

Friday, December 17, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Registration: To register for this virtual presentation by Dave Kollen from the Xerces Society, click HERE. Once registered confirmations will be emailed along with the link to the class.
 
Description: How can we play a role in pollinator conservation, both in general and in our own landscapes and communities? Much has been said about pollinators and their importance in natural systems and our food system but the importance can’t be stressed enough. Let’s talk about the natural history, threats, conservation and especially what we can do in our own landscapes to create a more pollinator-friendly space. We’ll focus more particularly on native bees since they are by far the most important pollinator for angiosperms, thus our food supply. By focusing on this we not only serve pollinators, but native insects in general. Also, for those interested in going above and beyond, opportunities to get involved in community science activities are covered. 
 
 
This event is co-hosted by NatureScaping of Southwest Washington and the Camas Public Library!

Sauvie Island and Ridgefield Christmas Bird Count

Sunday, January 2, 2022
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Experienced and novice birders can enjoy birding opportunities with Vancouver Audubon Society during the winter period, even without attending an organized VAS field trip.

The ORSI circle covers areas on both sides of the Columbia River including Sauvie Island and a bit more on the Oregon side and Vancouver Lake Bottoms, Ridgefield NWR and up to the Lewis River, mostly west of I-5, on the Washington side. Our count is planned for Sunday, January 2, 2022. There is no backup date this year. We will follow CDC, Washington and Oregon COVID-19 guidance.

As we did last year, we can rearrange and split territories to make sure everyone can participate safely under COVID rules. Feeder watchers very welcome. Call or email Susan if you would like to participate: [email protected] or 360-980- 0884

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor Sandhill Crane Tours

Wednesday, January 5, 2022
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Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Wedneday, January 5th: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website. 

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Sandhill Crane Tours

Saturday, January 8, 2022
This event does not repeat

Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Saturday, January 8th: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website. 

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Sandhill Crane Tours

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
This event does not repeat

Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Wednesday, January 12: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website. 

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Sandhill Crane Tours

Saturday, January 15, 2022
This event does not repeat

Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Saturday, January 15th: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website. 

A course in Corvids

Saturday, January 29, 2022 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Corvids, the family of birds that includes crows, ravens, and jays, tend to evoke a strong response in people: seems we either respect them for their cleverness and tool use or we resent them for their loud voices and nest-robbing habit. Attend this class with Treesong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center to learn more about who the corvids are and why they deserve respect. And if you don’t yet know how to tell a crow and a raven apart, this class will set you straight!

Tuition: $10 - $20 sliding scale (plus processing fees)

Registration and additional information can be found here.

Amphibian and Stormwater Workshop

Saturday, January 29, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Clark Conservation District is hosting a series of in-person, interactive workshops that will focus on the native amphibian species that Clark County is home to, the types of habitats they prefer, and how they relate to stormwater. Through group activities, you will learn how to identify our native amphibians as well as how we can work together to create better habitat for these animals.

Course options at other locations, additional information and registration can be found here.

Amphibian and Stormwater Workshop

Saturday, February 5, 2022 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Clark Conservation District is hosting a series of in-person, interactive workshops that will focus on the native amphibian species that Clark County is home to, the types of habitats they prefer, and how they relate to stormwater. Through group activities, you will learn how to identify our native amphibians as well as how we can work together to create better habitat for these animals.

Course options at other locations, additional information and registration can be found here.

Winter birds of the Pacific Northwest coast

Sunday, February 13, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Winter birds of the Pacific Northwest coast are a whole new ballgame if you’re used to inland species. Murres, loons, scoters, guillemots, turnstones, oystercatchers and more frequent our rocky shores, offshore waters, and quiet bays. Learn who they are and where to find them with TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center so you’ll be prepared for your next drive west!

Tuition: $10 - $20 sliding scale (plus procesing fees).

Additional information and registration can be found here.

Oregon Coast All-day Birding Field Trip

Saturday, February 19, 2022
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We’ll visit bays, estuaries, rocky shores, and headlands while watching for unique coastal winter residents like scoters, murres, loons, grebes, oystercatchers, surfbirds, turnstones, and more.

We will carpool and caravan to several spots on the coast to be determined, but likely starting at Tillamook. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. This is an all-day field trip, however our exact start time is also to be determined.

Tuition: $75 - $115 sliding scale (plus processing fees)

Additional information and registration can be found here.

Owl Explorations

Sunday, February 27, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Owls never fail to fascinate and amaze us, and an encounter with one is always memorable. This class will introduce you to the owls of the Pacific Northwest, their life histories, and how you can become a better owl watcher.

Tuition: $10 - $20 sliding scale (plus processing fees)

Additional information and registration can be found here.

Amphibian and Stormwater Workshop

Saturday, March 5, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
This event does not repeat

Clark Conservation District is hosting a series of in-person, interactive workshops that will focus on the native amphibian species that Clark County is home to, the types of habitats they prefer, and how they relate to stormwater. Through group activities, you will learn how to identify our native amphibians as well as how we can work together to create better habitat for these animals.

Course options at other locations, additional information and registration can be found here.

Birding by ear: Resident birds

Sunday, March 6, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Laura Whittemore and brings her incredible knowledge and passion for birding to this wonderful online class that will help you identify birds by their distinct voices. Meet some of the widespread songbirds of the Northwest, hear their unique songs, and get tips on how to listen and how to retain birdsongs. Learning birdsong will take your nature awareness to a new level, sparking your curiosity and allowing you to find more birds and be more confident in your identification.

You’ll practice around your home and supplement with online resources. This class with TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center focuses on resident birds such as Song Sparrow, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee, and more.

Tuition: $10 - $20 sliding scale (plus processing fees).

Additional information and regstration can be found here.

Little Brown Birds of the Pacific Northwest

Sunday, March 13, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Little brown birds in your yard and in the wild can be challenging to identify, but if you know what field marks, behavior, and habitat preferences to pay attention to, suddenly they don't all look alike! Join us to learn about resident brown birds like Song Sparrow, House Finch, and Bewick's Wren, get to know seasonal visitors like Swainson’s Thrush, and even try your hand at identifying confusing fledglings. Brown birds won't look the same to you after this class!

Tuition: $10 - $20 sliding scales (plus processing fees)

Additional information and registration can be found here.

Birding by Ear Field Trip in Sauvie Island

Sunday, March 27, 2022 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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This patch of woodland surrounding a seasonal lake is ideal for hearing and seeing a number of resident songbirds, such as Song Sparrow, Bewick’s Wren, Spotted Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, American Robin, Black-capped Chickadee and more. You’ll learn to open up your ears to the voices around you and come away with a new appreciation for the sounds birds make and how to use this skill, not only to identify the singer but to understand what their voices can tell us.

The dirt trail is flat, and we probably won’t cover a lot of distance, but you’ll be on your feet the whole time. Dress in layers for a chilly morning. If rain is not in the forecast, please do not wear a nylon raincoat that will make noise when you walk.

Tuition: $35 - $55 sliding scale (plus processing fees)

Additional information and registration can be found here.

Birding by ear: Migrant birds

Sunday, April 3, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Laura Whittemore brings her incredible knowledge and passion for birding to this wonderful online class that will help you identify birds by their distinct voices. Meet some of the widespread songbirds of the Northwest, hear their unique songs, and get tips on how to listen and how to retain birdsongs. Learning birdsong will take your nature awareness to a new level, sparking your curiosity and allowing you to find more birds and be more confident in your identification.

You’ll practice around your home and supplement with online resources. This class focuses on spring migrants such as Swainson's Thrush, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, and several warbler and flycatcher species.

Tuition: $10 - $20 sliding scale (plus processing fees)

Additional information and registration can be found here.

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