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Experience not required to guide nature expeditions at Sandy River Delta in May

The Sandy River Watershed Council seeks volunteers to lead groups on 90-minute treks to identify plants and animals at the Sandy River Delta Delta during the watershed's fourth-annual EcoBlitz on Saturday, May 18.

Group leaders will helm groups by helping attendees use the smart phone app iNaturalist to identify plants and animals at Thousand Acres Park, 99 Crown Point Highway, Troutdale, said Bill Weiler, Sandy River Watershed youth stewardship education coordinator. INaturalist identifies wildlife through photos.

Because the app does the bulk of the work by identifying wildlife — a degree in botany or biology is not required to act as a guide — but an inherent curiosity for nature will be helpful.

"We are looking for group leaders who have a deep interest in their subject matter and love sharing their stories, survey methods, and identification procedures with others," Weiler said. "We love introducing people to the Sandy River Delta and to share with them the many educational and stewardship programs that occur at the delta year-round."

The Sandy River Delta Eco-Blitz is part of a region-wide annual effort to collect mass amounts data about the Portland area's wildlife.

"The Eco Blitz is a fun, family event for all ages promoting discovery and sense of wonder and place," Weiler said. "There are a few other opportunities to learn from specialists as groups look for animal tracks, birds, turtles, insects, native plants, or even fungi."

To sign up as a leader, email Weiler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you go

What: The Sandy River Watershed Council's fourth Eco-Blitz in the Sandy River Delta

Where: 1000 Acres Park, 99 Crown Point Highway, Troutdale

When: 7 a.m to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18

Cost: Free

More information: Bill Weiler, Sandy River Watershed youth stewardship education coordinator. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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