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Hosting Mason Bees Recap

Mason bees pollinate 95% of the flowers they visit and spring is the perfect time to have your own colony.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to feature our region's most effective native pollinators at our virtual event, Hosting Mason Bees. Conservation Director Dan Roix provided information on the Backyard Habitat Certification Program and introduced Columbia Land Trust Board Member, Backyard Habitat volunteer, and our resident mason bee expert, Janet Gifford.

Janet shared her wealth of knowledge and experience hosting and caring for mason bees just in time for spring. With record-breaking interest in this event (over 500 event registrations!), we know there will be many more mason bee colonies thriving in our region.

If you missed the event, you can watch a recording of the presentation here. You can also view and download an adapted version of the presentation slides as a resource if you are interested in hosting mason bees in your own outdoor space.

Update from Cranes' Landing

We have been managing the property for sandhill crane habitat, with help from Ash Creek Forest Management, LLC.

Ash Creek Forest Management, LLC recently planted nearly 20,000 trees at the Cranes' Landing Natural Area located along the western edge of Vancouver Lake. Funding for this project was provided by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation through a grant awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation. Ash Creek partnered with a local nursery located in the Willamette Valley, Scholl Valley Native Nursery, which provided native shrub species that once occupied the riparian, forested wetlands, and upland oak meadows and prairies of the Vancouver Lowlands. A few of these species include: red-osier dogwood, ocean spray, Oregon grape, Pacific ninebark, snowberry, and red elderberry.

Although roughly 410 acres of the 527-acre property is extensively farmed to provide optimal foraging habitat for 500-800 wintering sandhill cranes on a regular basis from early October through min-April, these native tree plantings are positioned around the perimeter of the property to ultimately act as a native hedgerow. These hedgerows not only provide additional security for the cranes to peacefully rest and forage for eight months before heading north to nest in mid-May, but these species will also grow and mature to provide important habitat to other nesting songbirds, small mammals, and pollinating insects.

Women's History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month with Columbia Land Trust staff Lindsay Cornelius, Sanoe Keliinoi, and Cherie Kearney.

March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the vital role women play in our society. This month, we are featuring three fearless female-identifying Columbia Land Trust staff members: Lindsay Cornelius, Sanoe Keliinoi, and Cherie Kearney.

Check out the News tab on our website to learn more about their passion for nature and furthering opportunities and access for women in conservation.

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Evergreen Circle Appreciation

Evergreen Circle celebrates our monthly donors who have pledged an ongoing commitment to protecting the lands, waters, and wildlife of the Columbia River region. We invite current and prospective Evergreen Circle members to hear updates about the ecoregions within our service area. 

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Sounds of Earth

Singers from two Battle Ground Public Schools are partnering to raise awareness for Columbia Land Trust in a virtual variety show titled, "Sounds of Earth". The concert, which will showcase the importance of the earth and natural world, will be held virtually at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, on the Battle Ground Public Schools YouTube channel and is FREE of charge.

Click here for more info!

We will be offering virtual events every month this year. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to stay tuned for details about upcoming events in 2021! 

Did You Know?

The great blue heron (Ardea herodias), standing at nearly three feet, is North American's tallest bird and is common throughout the Columbia River region. Great blue herons adapt to various habitats on the water, where most live, but can also be found in urban settings.
Wildflowers Photo by Doug Gorlsine

Mason Bee on Allium Photo by Randy Bjorklund

Cranes Landing Photo by Ash Creek Forest Management, LLC

Evergreen Circle Photo by Corbis


Great Blue Heron Photo by Dan Mitchell 
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Header image: Snowy Mt. Hood by Brian Chambers Photography. Spider web photo by Rollin Bannow. "Wonder" image by Brian Chambers Photography. Summit Creek photo by Paloma Ayala.
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