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Connecting During COVID: Year One
Heath Keirstead | March 19, 2021

Since the coronavirus pandemic curtailed our ability to offer most in-person volunteer events, tours, workshops, talks, and other educational programming, Benton SWCD began sending out a weekly e-news to help us stay in touch. Here is a table with links to each of the e-news we’ve sent during the first year of the pandemic, from

The Effects of Urban Noise and Light Pollution on Avian Communities
Lauren Pharr | December 31, 2020

Both Anthropogenic Noise and Artificial Light at Night bring about some serious impacts to wildlife, but we can make informed choices to reduce those impacts.

Conservation Neighbor: Alan Ayres
Holly Crosson | December 30, 2020

As a youngster exploring the wild forests and streams of his home, Alan Ayres developed an appreciation for the abundant waters and lush vegetation that gave him comfort. Now he is working with The Confluence to create a sustainable office building in downtown Corvallis.

A Guide to Backyard Bird Feeding
Lauren Pharr | December 1, 2020

Although there is no right way to “backyard bird,” there are many valuable tips to follow when wanting to attract birds to your backyard.

Getting to know our Thanksgiving Mascot: 10 Fun Facts about Turkeys
Lauren Pharr | November 2, 2020

It’s November at last, which most likely means that many people are getting ready for their Thanksgiving festivities! Although Thanksgiving has evolved drastically over the years due to different traditions, there is one thing that probably comes to mind for the national holiday – Turkey! So how exactly did the turkey become the mascot for

Book Review: Idylls Along an Urban Stream
Rich Bergeman | July 24, 2020

Idylls Along an Urban Stream is a photography monograph of Dixon Creek Watershed from the spring of 2020.

Book Review: The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Owen Dell | April 24, 2020

This is probably the most revered book on urban planning ever written, and is considered in fact one of the best books of any kind of the last hundred years.

Fischer's Flour Mill. Benton County Historical Society and Museum Collection (Harriet Moore collection) #1990-068.1292
Mill Race Urban Creek Tour
Heath Keirstead | May 26, 2016

A portal to a series of blog posts about the Mill Race in South Corvallis.

Urban Stream Restoration: A Work in Progress
Jamie Powell | September 10, 2015

  “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”-Aldo Leopold The Place Urban streams and waterways flow through every town in Benton County. These aquatic systems do much more

Amy Salisbury compost demo
Conservation Neighbor: OSU Eco-Rep Amy Salisbury
Amy Salisbury | May 27, 2015

Learn about campus sustainability efforts spearheaded by Eco-Representative Amy Salisbury and her colleagues.

Mill Race culvert © R. Southworth
Ditch
Abby Metzger | May 19, 2015

A questioning poem about the Mill Race, its past and future.

Flour Power logo
Flour Power on the Mill Race: 2015 Urban Creek Tour
Heath Keirstead | May 6, 2015

Local experts will lead you on a free guided tour of the Mill Race on May 30th.

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