Frogs, sunshine and trees!

Enthusiastic students from Rex Putnam High School joined us once again at Boardman Wetlands this week.  The wetlands now have 180 brand new native trees and shrubs that will grow to shade the stream, enhance wildlife habitat, filter polluted runoff from nearby streets and their roots will stabilize the stream banks.  That’s a ton of great environmental impact for 3 hours of work!

Students learned to start to identify some of our native trees and shrubs during the most difficult of plant ID seasons – Winter Twig ID!  We planted Red Osier Dogwood, Scouler Willow, Black Twinberry, Douglas Spirea, and Nootka Rose – among many others.

We were joined at the wetlands by several Pacific Chorus Frogs.  This is the peak of their breeding season, in fact if you live near ponded water you’ve probably been hearing their breeding calls, visit here to hear a sample of their calls.


The Pacific Chorus Frog can be distinguished from all other frogs within its geographic range by two characteristics: 1) the presence of toepads, and 2) a dark stripe that extends from just before the nostril, through the eye, and past the tympanum (ear). No other frogs found within the geographic range of the Pacific Chorus Frog have both of these characters.

Thank you Rex Putnam High!

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