Delta Ponds River Walk

April 7, 2005

Fifteen people walked along the river and in a loop around the Delta Ponds and back to the river. In warm rain we learned from Lorna Baldwin, Stream Team coordinator of the City of Eugene Parks and Open Space Division, how the city and other government agencies are working to improve the Delta Ponds ecosystem while at the same time accommodating increasing recreational demands from our growing population. We saw new trail building and new planting. Lorna told us how the Ponds originated — from gravel pits — and showed us remarkably contrasting aerial photos of the area since 1936. She also described how Stream Team volunteers monitor wildlife as well as removing non-native plants and planting native plants. Obsidians are welcome to volunteer.

Some of the group saw an osprey carrying its fish breakfast, and among other birds we saw wood ducks and red-winged blackbirds. One member of our group, David Walp, gave us interesting wildlife information and showed us some evidence of beaver activity. Because of the rain, which ended about an hour after our hike ended, we didn’t linger and were back at our cars in about two hours. The consensus seemed to be that despite the weather the walk was well worth it. On a fine day the trip would be divine.

Participants were: Lorna Baldwin, Max Brown, Shelly Call, Mary Beth Crawford, Tom Crawford, Walt Dolliver, Margot Fetz (leader), Bob Foster, Margaret Prentice, Barb Revere, Bonnie Richman, Nola Shurtleff, Carol Stern, David Walp and Kathleen (Lorna’s assistant).


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