In a project coordinated by Molalla River Watch and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), volunteers are surveying amphibian egg mass surveys in Clackamas County. So, if you have a pond or wetlands on your property, or know of a place and want to find out what lives there, help the experts know where to look.
You may even have Western Pond Turtles. Yet another reason to protect our streams, and manage our wastewater.
Details and contacts in this Molalla Pioneer article by Peggy Savage. See also this Press Release from Molalla River Watch, Inc.
A good place to explore the upper reaches of Bear Creek is at City of Molalla’s Ivor Davies Nature Park. It’s basically a large flat area with a high water table, with a few trails and some added plants. Nothing awe-inspiring, but nonetheless a good place to get outside and walk the dog or take a jog or stroll.
(click on image to view area at Google maps)
Perhaps the most prominent feature of this park is a large and somewhat muddy feature that dries up in the hottest summers, called ‘Shorty’s Pond’ (orange circle, above). Here is a copy of a news article done by Henry Miller at the Statesman Journal:
In late 2003, City of Molalla was still discharging into Bear Creek. The system was woefully inadequate, as identified in this 17-page evaluation report…
(click on image to view/download 17-pg PDF copy)