Maybe not as exciting as “Going on a Bear Hunt”, but you can be a scientist for a day and go on a hunt for invasive species. Why would you want to know about invasive species, you might ask.
Well, a healthy plant community has a variety of foliage, shrubs, and trees, and the plant roots typically extend deep into the soil, which helps reduce erosion. Invasive plants cause habitat loss and can reduce the amount of tree cover by preventing trees from becoming established, causing them to fall down prematurely, or reducing their growth rate. Find out more at the Columbia Springs Invasive Species Survey.
“Every year we invite the public to join Columbia Springs in our Invasive Species Survey. We need Volunteers to help us survey our 100-acre natural area for four different invasive plants.” While plant knowledge is helpful, it isn’t required. There will be a brief presentation to train you on how to spot the invasive species on their site. Groups will then be set out to find survey plot points and record data.
Bring boots you can wear off-trail, your smartphone to find data points, appropriate dress for the weather and your
water bottle. Training, tools, and snacks provided.
This “I spy with my little eye…invasive plants” event will take place Saturday, February 23rd, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Columbia Springs (12208 SE Evergreen Hwy, Vancouver, 98683). Meet in the SWIFT classroom which is inside the large, white hatchery building behind all of the round, cement fish ponds.
Children must be at least 7 years old to participate. Children ages 7-15 are welcome to volunteer with their parent or guardian. Teens ages 16 and 17 can volunteer with parent or guardian’s signed permission.