With the nature workshops and studies planned the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) and Leach Botanical Garden (LBG) now being canceled due to outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, leaders of both organizations decided to give their boxes of examination gloves to help medical first responders.
"These gloves were purchased with funds from a grant for a project that JCWC, Friends of Leach Garden, East Portland's Wisdom of the Elders, African Youth Community Organization, and the Blueprint Foundation are doing to restore five acres at Leach Botanical Gardens," explained JCWC Executive Director Daniel Newberry.
Newberry credited the idea to LBG Education Director JoAnn Vrilakas.
In addition to using the gloves for a water quality sampling project in Johnson Creek, where it runs through Leach Botanical Garden, Vrilakas told THE BEE that exam gloves were also to be used in a Community Habitat Restoration workshop – to dissect owl pellets.
Owl pellets are the undigested parts of an owl's food, coughed up through the beak, that the students involved in the project would examine to learn about an owl's diet, habitat and food chain," Vrilakas explained.
"We bought the gloves as a safety measure for the students; and some were unused, and left over from the Garden's English Tea," remarked Vrilakas. "However, with all events at the Garden being canceled for the foreseeable future, I knew those gloves were needed elsewhere."
Both organizations agreed, and a volunteer dropped off the gloves at the Multnomah County building
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