Fall Conservation Book Club Gathering





Save the Date for our Fall Conservation Book Club!

The Greenbelt Conservation Book Club is an inclusive and informal group that meets quarterly to discuss a range of local to worldwide conservation issues. Our goal is to expand our learning and knowledge based on our readings and each other through thoughts, personal experiences, and good conversations. Participation is free and open to all. Books are chosen by group consensus and each quarterly gathering will take place voluntarily at a host’s home. Claim your spot below!

Please follow this link to help choose the book we will read and discuss on October 17th. We will announce the most preferred book on August 27th.

Book Club Host:
We’re looking for a host for the Fall Conservation Book Club. Please email blythe@greenbeltlandtrust.org with interest in hosting this wonderful, curious and engaged group in your home.

Book Buying:
You can buy books anywhere, but Grass Roots provides a 15% club discount upon mention of the Greenbelt Conservation Book Club. If you purchase through Amazon, please consider supporting Greenbelt at the same time through AmazonSmile!

Conservation Book Club (10/17/19)

Turtle surveying along the Willamette

Western pond turtle

Photo by Elizabeth Sollie

During the month of July, Greenbelt surveyed freshwater turtle nesting to determine the locations of nesting areas at three of our conservation areas along the Willamette River. The information gathered from these nesting locations will guide the management and enhancement of nesting areas.

During the survey, we found two species of freshwater turtles on these sites: one of the West Coast’s only native freshwater turtle, the Western pond turtle, and the non-native Red-eared Slider. These turtles—who love to sunbathe on logs—dig their nests on land near marshes, streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes and choose flat, open, sunny spots or in places that are positioned to the south with sandy, gravelly soils.

Native Western pond turtles are under threat by the invasive Red-eared sliders who compete for habitat, food and nesting sites, in addition to predation by “raccoons and invasive bullfrogs and fish” [Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife].

Greenbelt typically locates nests by finding eggshells after the nest has been dug up by predators. Intact nests are much harder to find. Over the last two years, we’ve found 25 Western Pond Turtle nests and four Red-Eared Slider nests.

Thanks to Lisa Millbank, for in-the-field surveying and to our land owner partners. This survey work was made possible by grant support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Center for Natural Lands Management, and technical assistance support from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (2019) Turtles [online], available from: https://myodfw.com/wildlife-viewing/species/turtles [accessed 9th August 2019].


Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (2019) Invasive Species Fact Sheet [online], available from: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/invasive_species/docs/red-eared_slider_fact_sheet.pdf [accessed 9th August 2019].

The People’s Pint for Conservation

Greenbelt is honored to be this month’s recipient of Block 15’s The People’s Pint program. During the entire month of December, proceeds from sales of Block 15’s The People’s Pint will support our community’s land, water, and wildlife conservation.

Look for The People’s Pint tap handle at both Block 15 locations- Pub and Taproom. The selected beer may change weekly and by location, so there is always something new and exciting to try.  Let’s raise our glasses together for conservation- one pint at a time!

A big THANKS to our friends at Block 15 Brewing Co. and Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room for their support. Cheers!