• MEETING: August 17, 2016 (3rd Wed.) at 7:00 PM: Agenda: Planning for the FOGP info table at Multnomah Days 2016. Meeting is open to the public; everyone welcome! SW Community Center, 6820 SW 45th Ave., Portland, OR 97239. [Google Maps].

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PAST MEETINGS & EVENTS (click photos to enlarge):

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• WORK PARTY: 6/11/16: Neighborhood volunteers worked with Parks staff to extend a new split-rail wood fence along one of the forested nature trails. Everyone had a great time! Admire their work next time you’re on the trail!

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Bumblebee• 4/20/16: PRESENTATION: “The bumble bees of Gabriel Park”: Spring is here and the construction of Gabriel Park’s pollinator meadow is underway, so it’s a great time to learn more about the native pollinators in our neighborhood. At our April meeting Dr. Susan Masta gave a presentation on the bumble bees found in Gabriel Park. We learned about their biology, life cycle, and how they pollinate plants. Dr. Masta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at PSU, and curates the Dept.’s insect collections of the Museum of Natural History.

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DSCF2173-1080 • 4/23/16: EARTH DAY Work Party: Our wonderful volunteers began the process of spreading mulch along the entire length of the new Pollinator Meadow in south Gabriel Park, between the new wire fence and gravel walkway. To be continued!

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Western Screech Owl

Western Screech Owl

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Susan Masta (LL) dissects an owl pellet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• 2/17/16: Jay Withgott and Susan Masta gave a presentation on the owls of Gabriel Park at the Friends of Gabriel Park monthly meeting at SW Community Center.

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• 1/30/16 WORK PARTY: Volunteers built constructed brush piles using invasive trees cut from the natural areas. We planted 300 plants of several native species, and created a number of brush piles from two invasive trees that were cut down. Brush piles create great habitat for wildlife in areas that don’t have a lot of cover. Volunteers also planted native trees and shrubs in areas that have been cleared of ivy in the central forest behind the new sections of volunteer-installed split rail fence. Everyone had a blast, and it felt like we really made some good progress!

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"After" photo, showing new plantings & brush piles.

“After” photo, showing new plantings & brush piles.

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Sledding in Gabriel Park, 1/3/16.

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Snow in Gabriel Park, 1/3/16.

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IMG_0467-1080• 11/15/15: Work has started on the new Pollinator Meadow nature area in Gabriel Park! Click the photo to enlarge. Click here for more info.

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DSCF1953-1080• Sat., 10/24/15, No Ivy Day Work Party: PP&R and Friends of Gabriel Park removed ivy in the natural area to help restore our beautiful park. A family friendly event. Tools, gloves, water, coffee/tea and snacks were provided. Site Coordinator: Nathan Schulte. For more information please contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov

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IMG_0308-1080• Thurs., 10/22/15: Janelle St. Pierre, Staff Ecologist with Portland Parks & Recreation conducted a tour of the Gabriel Park Southern Park Concept Plan project area (see above) from 4:30- 5:30 starting at the parking lot next to the Community Garden.

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IMG_0046-720• Tues., 10/13/15: SW Trails & AARP conducted a guided walk through Gabriel Park and Multnomah Village. Walkers followed routes through the park and village strolling on sidewalks, trails, and roadways. Aprox. 2.4 miles, 1 hour 15 min., 4,800 steps. Hashtag: #wearewalkinghere

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More info on Past Events

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