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Birdsongs 101: Tips on how to identify birds by song
Lauren Pharr | April 2, 2021

In this post, Lauren Pharr provides some useful tips that can help you begin identifying birds by their song

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 front garden bed grows buckwheat as summer cover crop and the entire garden's soil surface has a thick organic mulch. © T. Matteson
Healthy Soil: The Foundation of a Productive Garden
Teresa Matteson | March 17, 2021

As you prepare your garden beds for cultivation this year, place soil maintenance at the top of your list, because healthy soil is the foundation of a productive garden.

Birding 101: A Guide for New Birders
Lauren Pharr | March 2, 2021

Lauren Pharr shares her top tips for new and beginning birders!

Lessons with George Ice
Teresa Matteson | February 19, 2021

Diverse natural landscapes managed by landowners who understand and appreciate the importance of ecosystem services are fundamental to what makes Benton County a mighty fine place to live and work. One such landowner is George Ice, past BSWCD Chair. For 35 years, George worked as a research forest hydrologist with the National Council for Air

Being Inclusive: Ways to Promote Diversity in Nature
Lauren Pharr | January 29, 2021

In this post, Lauren Pharr suggests three ways to make the outdoors more inclusive for all.

Conservation Neighbor: RD Mosier
Teresa Matteson | January 14, 2021

RD compares his livestock operation to the pieces of a puzzle. Some pieces take a long time to fit in place, such as the six years that he has invested to develop relationships with neighbors.

Conservation Neighbor: Heather Medina Sauceda
Holly Crosson | January 8, 2021

In her current job at NRCS and in her volunteer work Heather Medina Sauceda continues her passion for outreach to underserved communities, tribes, and youth. She feels a responsibility to help others, just as people encouraged her to reach her goals. Heather says she “always has one hand reaching up with the other extended below to help others rise to their next level. If a door gets closed, jump through the window! Don’t give up.”

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.

Conservation Neighbor: Jenny Brausch
Janette Byrd | December 30, 2020

When asked what conservation challenges she faces, Jenny says the biggest one is when she feels that what she does doesn’t do enough. “Then I remember the butterfly effect. Success is seeing the work that BSWCD does.”

Conservation Neighbor: Ed Easterling
Donna Schmitz | December 30, 2020

“Conservation gives production a richer purpose,” Ed Easterling says. In 2012, Ed founded Crestmont Land Trust (CLT), a non-profit land trust with a mission to own and manage self-sustaining habitat with a charitable, recreational, educational, and research focus.

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