Nurturing Natural Resource Volunteers: The Oregon Master Naturalist Backstory

Jill Bushakra is a returning Greenbelt Volunteer Naturalist who is dedicated to environmental education in our community. Jill is also an Oregon Master Naturalist– a hard-earned distinction achieved through countless hours of learning about our region’s natural resources and providing service to our community through public outreach and volunteerism. In this GLT blog post, Jill describes the Oregon Master Naturalist (OMN) program and includes interviews with OMN Program Coordinators, Jason O’Brien and Brandy Saffell. Read on to learn more about OMN and how you can get involved… What is an Oregon Master Naturalist (OMN)? A visit to the website HERE explains the mission and talks about Read More

Mating call of the Pacific chorus frog can’t compete with traffic noise

Have you heard them? Each night is a spring symphony of chorus frogs calling out for mates. Recently, OSU’s Dr. Tiffany Garcia led a GLT Herp Walk at Luckiamute Meadows in Kings Valley. We caught and released amphibians, such as the Pacific chorus frog, and learned about their cool adaptations and behavior. Her research team studies the conservation challenges of the Pacific chorus frog and other species of amphibians in the Willamette Valley. We hear from Greenbelt Guest Blog Writer and Oregon State University Extension Service’s Chris Branam, who recently covered their research findings below: It’s a little frog with a big voice – and a big Read More

Paving the Path for Peer Outreach

I am an Oregon State University student who is a senior majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy, and I have been volunteering as the first student board member of the Greenbelt Land Trust since last August. I’ve found that Greenbelt Land Trust (GLT) is not commonly known among students at OSU, including the environmentally-knowledgeable ones. I want to help spread awareness of GLT’s mission and highlight the value of conservation in our community. I think that some of Corvallis’s appeal to residents is due to the close proximity to nature and multi-use trails, to which much credit is owed to GLT, who has done valuable work Read More

Why I Give. What Inspires You?

I did it. I took the leap and made the commitment. I admit that at first, automatic monthly withdraws from my checking account gave me minor heart palpitations.  It’s not that I was afraid of committing; I was just nervous about meeting my monthly budget and trying to save a bit. This last part would make my Depression era-molded Grandmas proud. I could give once a year which is perfectly wonderful and great, but to be honest, I don’t want the hassle of remembering organizations each December and being worried that my checking account can’t handle all the year-end gifts that I frantically make in Read More

Consumption, Conservation, and Commitment: Lessons from Borneo

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,” wrote Samuel Longhorn Clemens in Innocents Abroad. “Charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  With Mark Twain’s admonition in mind, this summer John Bliss (OSU Professor Emeritus and Greenbelt board member) led a class of OSU students to explore conservation on the island of Borneo, one of the world’s great hotspots of biodiversity.  Their objectives were to identify major conservation challenges, learn from conservation leaders, and make connections between the Borneo situation and their own in the Willamette Valley. It wasn’t difficult to identify the biggest Read More