Saturday, August 15, 2015

ONDA South Fork Crooked River Riparian Restoration / JUNE 5 - 7 2015

I returned to the South Fork Crooked River, along with fellow volunteers of the Oregon Natural Desert Association. We planted and caged aspen and cottonwood, as well as submerging willow wattles along the river banks in an effort to restore conditions after decades of cattle grazing. It was nice to participate in riparian restoration in such a beautiful and interesting location again. This trip marks the second time I planted trees along the South Fork Crooked, the first being in 2012. I look forward to returning to the site to check on the progress of restoration efforts and enjoy this area again in the future. This was a weekend of great work with great folks! 

images captured using Canon G12 and Lumix DMC-TS5

South Fork Crooked River
a small Crooked redband
Oncorhynchus mykiss gairdnerii)
an unexpected Northern Pikeminnow
(Ptychocheilus oregonensis)

unidentified hawksbeard
perhaps longleaf hawksbeard 
(Crepis acuminata) or smallflower hawksbeard (Crepis intermedia
a pretty little penstemon
perhaps lowly penstemon (Penstemon humilus) or Wilcox's penstemon (Penstemon wilcoxii
instructions from Jefferson

Signal crayfish
(Pacifasticus leniusculus)

Willow wattles were submerged with their butt end in the thalweg of the river. Rough cages of dead sagebrush were placed around each bundle to protect against browsing.

wandering garter snake (I think)
(Thamnophis elegans vagrans)

Wild Iris
(Iris missouriensis)

aspen and cottonwood

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Bank Swallows
(Riparia riparia)
(Lupinus spp.)
buckwheat (Eriogonum spp.) perhaps Douglas' buckwheat (Eriogonum douglasii var. douglasii)

common larkspur
(Delphinium nuttallianum)

sagebrush lizard
(Sceloporus graciosus)
a well deserved dip after hours of planting trees and snipping juniper

Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa)... which translates to "precious frog"
The Oregon spotted frog is currently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. ESA. It was great to find this one here.

a healthy little redband
(Acrocheilus alutaceus)
Townsend's Solitaire
Myadestes townsendi)
lupine in the evening light

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Jefferson discusses the ecology of the river.

morning hike into the South Fork Crooked River Wilderness Study Area

munchin' on Tule
in the grip of death
western gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer) with dinner
harvester ants... always busy

Clarkia (Clarkia pulchella)

Scarlet Gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata)
some type of skimmer dragonfly (subfamily Libellulidae)
perhaps female Desert Whitetail (Plathemis subornata)


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