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Portland Parks & Recreation Powell Butte Eco-Blitz seeks volunteers

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Be part of a new community science movement, and contribute to the region’s species inventory, Saturday, May 21, 2016

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) welcomes volunteers to take part in the Powell Butte Eco-Blitz, a scientific survey of the wildlife found in PP&R’s 612-acre Powell Butte Nature Park. This is a free event, open to all ages.


The event is coordinated by PP&R in partnership with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and is a program of the US National Park Service. Scientists and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds work together to compile a snapshot of eco-diversity, in a fun and exciting one-day event.

WHAT: Take part in the Powell Butte Eco-Blitz! Help count wildlife numbers and species in our area.

WHERE: Powell Butte Nature Park, 16160 SE Powell Blvd.

WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2016.  Opportunities from 7am-4pm

WHY: To survey amphibians, butterflies and birds and help contribute to the scientific knowledge of Portland’s ecological diversity. The event is coordinated by PP&R in partnership with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and is a program of the US National Park Service. 

“We know we have a wide variety of wildlife who make their home in parks and natural areas like Powell Butte,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté.  “This eco-blitz is a wonderful chance to learn more about what animals are there, their numbers, and to foster education about the importance of protecting them.  I hope our neighbors are as excited as I am about this fun and important volunteer opportunity!”

PP&R will be conducting three different species surveys at Powell Butte: one each for amphibians, butterflies and birds. Volunteers choose a time slot where they will go out in a group with an expert to conduct a survey to monitor their designated species. No experience is necessary! The event is free and open to all ages. Volunteers should arrive at least 15 minutes before their chosen time slot.

The Powell Butte Eco-Blitz is part of a regional series which aims to:

  • Raise awareness of biodiversity
  • Generate appreciation of natural resources
  • Establish a shared effort among science professionals, educators and the general public
  • Create a shared database of regional species and natural resources  

This event is part of a region-wide, on-going Eco-Blitz Series to inventory and catalog the Portland-Vancouver metro area’s wildlife. Portland Parks & Recreation is hosting the Powell Butte Eco-Blitz, in partnership with Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the National Park Service.

What do I bring to the Powell Butte Eco-Blitz?

Portland Parks & Recreation and partners will provide all materials, snacks/drinks and instruction. Please wear long thick pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Bring a water bottle, rain gear and sunhat. Bathrooms will be available on site. Additional instructions specific to your volunteer task will be sent after you register.

Register for your survey at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/powell-butte-eco-blitz-tickets-20899280310

Have questions about the Powell Butte Eco-Blitz? Contact: Emily Lytle, Portland Parks & Recreation, 971-352-2044 emily.lytle@portlandoregon.gov

Want to learn more about the on-going regional series of bioblitzes or sign up for other events?  You can go to www.theintertwine.org/blitz or contact Dan Miller with the US National Park Service, (503) 808-6723 dan_miller@nps.gov

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