PACIFIC YEW – Lost Treasure in the Forest?

PACIFIC YEW – Lost Treasure in the Forest? Denny Barnes, OLWC Board Member Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia) is a small inconspicuous understory tree.  From 1993-2013, they were indiscriminately stripped from our forests to make the powerful anti-cancer drug Taxol.  It...

The Dirt on Trees

The Dirt on Trees Stephanie Wagner We love our trees!  We love their shade, their graceful patterns against the sky, and how they store carbon to combat climate change. But where would trees be without their roots? The roots we cannot see but know anchor the beauty...

Mason Bee Fun!

Mason Bee Fun! Sharon Hawley, OLWC Volunteer Supporting native fauna, educating on the cycle of life, enlivening local flora, becoming comfortable with our small flying neighbors, and enjoying a daily active display of how nature works – a few of the reasons to...

Living With “Wildlife”

By Stephanie Wagner There goes another one! Ants in our bathroom!  Teeny, tiny sugar ants waltzing along the bathtub.  I am a huge believer in living with wildlife but I’m not sure I want to share my home with these outsiders.  How can we live together and respect...

Discover Lake Oswego’s Winter Birds!

By Mary Ratcliff, OLWC Board Member   Ruby-crowned Kinglet on a branch. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.   In Lake Oswego, observing birds in winter can be fun as we have an amazing variety of birds that come to winter. In addition to our beloved...