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Dear Friend of Portland Parks, Portland Parks & Recreation, and our partners in the Washington Park Alliance, want your guidance as we make improvements to parking and shuttle service in Washington Park. We’re conducting a survey through Opt In to learn about your experiences traveling to and from the park. Opt In is an online panel of residents who weigh in on important issues that affect life in the Portland metro region – issues from parking to natural areas, from urban growth to climate change. Membership is hassle free – you just have to answer a few questions to join. Then you’ll automatically be emailed our survey. Plus, you’ll be entered to win a $100 cash card or free tickets to an upcoming Zoo Concert!To take the Washington Park Survey is a quick 2-step process:
1) Join Opt In by clicking here: Opt In Washington Park survey , then;
2) We’ll email a link to our survey to you.Thanks for helping us make it easier for you to get to the attractions in Washington Park. Enter now to win a $100 cash card or free concert tickets! To learn more about Opt In, check out www.optinpanel.org Thank you so much.
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Studies show that kids who lay outdoors are physically and mentally healthier! Do you agree?
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PP&R presents volunteer opportunities at Ross Island Natural Area

Paddle to Preserve Ross Island!
This summer, Portland Parks & Recreation's City Nature division is
offering six canoe trips to Ross Island Natural Area,
in partnership with and the Friends of Ross Island.

Once on the island, we’ll work to enhance wildlife habitat and learn more about the animalsand plants that currently call the island home.

Family friendly! Children are welcome when accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Use your own canoe or kayak or reserve a spot in one of our canoes for only $10 per person!!
No Boat? No Problem!
You can use one or ours! Register today at www.PortlandParks.org using the course numbers listed below.

Or, please RSVP by contacting Marissa at
(503) 823-7016 or
Marissa.Dorais@portlandOregon.gov

Event info and course numbers:
Saturday, May 19th 8:30am-12:30pm Wildlife Monitoring 378375

Saturday, June 9th 8:30am-12:30pm Invasive Species Removal 379158

Thursday, July 12th 6:00pm-9pm Educational Paddle 379166

Wednesday, August 8th 6:00pm-9pm Educational Paddle 379167

Saturday, September 8 8:30am-12:30pm Wildlife Monitoring 379168

Saturday, October 20th 8:30am-12:30pm Planting Native Plants 379175
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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is hosting the first-ever BioBlitz for Forest Park Wildlife on May 18th – May 19th. A BioBlitz is an intense, 24-hour survey of all the living things in an area. In this case, we are focusing only on animals within Forest Park, and we are definitely including arthropods and mollusks. Participants sign up for a four-hour block of time to survey a specific type or group of animals.

Are you are interested in helping to document the wildlife that use Portland’s largest natural area, read on for more information about the first-ever Forest Park Wildlife BioBlitz.
Do you like finding and identifying owls? Slugs? Millipedes? Moths? Lizards? Mammals? Wildlife tracks and sign? Sparrows and flycatchers? Newts and salamanders? Worms? Share your knowledge, have fun and help us better understand Forest Park wildlife.
We are currently accepting applications for participants who would like to join a team and be led by a wildlife expert in search of animals in Forest Park. Participant applications will be accepted until all teams are filled. We have worked with team leaders to define routes and times best suited for detecting wildlife species. The number of teams will be limited to approximately 40 this year, and team leaders have been selected based on their level of expertise and outdoor leadership experience. We have tried to find leaders and build teams to document the broadest diversity of wildlife in the park, and to make this a fun event for everyone.
To apply as a participant, simply go to http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/wildlife and then click the “BioBlitz Participant Application” link on the upper left.
Apply now! We are anticipating a fun and informative event as we try to expand our wildlife inventory for the park.
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LIKE our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PortlandParks
and follow us on Twitter @pdxparksandrec
Hope it's a great day!
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The Portland Parks Board has always been a great proponent of PP&R! Our Diversity Development Committee felt another way the Board would get a first-hand "Parkie experience" was to shadow our frontline staff. Portland Parks Board Chair Jul...ie Vigeland was gung-ho on the idea! Today she job- shadowed one of our fine PP&R carpenters, Pete Zoltanski. Julie spent the morning replacing bricks at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and this afternoon replacing park bench boards in our North Park Blocks. She says she had a blast, and will encourage the other board members to follow her lead. Thanks, Julie!
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The 2012 Summer Free for All is coming soon with free and fun movies, concerts, playground and lunch programs!
What event are YOU most looking forward to?
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PP&R's Ladybug Nature Walks continue tomorrow (Friday, May 11) at Kenilworth Park! SE 34th Ave & Holgate Blvd, 10am-11am.

Preschoolers ages 2-5 & their parents explore nature in Portland’s parks with trained naturalists Fridays mornings. No registration needed, just show up and have fun!
Walk through parks, gardens and natural areas with your youngster and a nature guide.

Touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel crinkly and soft leaves, hear musical bird songs and experience the many changes of the seasons.
http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=38295&a=226980
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What: Portland’s Festival of the Birds!
Where: Sellwood Park (SE 7th & SE Malden) & Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
When: Saturday, May 12, 2012
9 AM to 3 PM

Sponsors: City of Portland (Portland Parks & Recreation) and US Fish & Wildlife Service in partnership with Audubon Society of Portland, Columbia Slough Watershed Council, NePo Suet Company, SOLV, ODFW, Intertwine, Friends of Portland Community Gardens, Forest Park Conservancy, PGE, Backyard Bird Shop, Koi Fusion, Metro Sustainability Center, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Leach Botanical Garden, and Twin Paradox Café

What will be happening:
Bird Walks every half hour to see native and migrating birds flying, nesting, eating, swimming, and roosting in Oaks Bottom, Portland’s Migratory Bird Park.
Hands-on Activities for adults and kids to learn more about birds, how to help them survive, and how to observe them. Examples are: dissect owl pellets to see what they eat, learn how to keep birds from hitting your windows, and see if you can flap your arms as fast as a crow flaps its wings.
Live Birds to get a close look at feathers, feet, and beaks.
Bird Photography Show by several photographers will be an opportunity to learn how to get up close and personal with birds.
Pacific Flyway Dancers will lead festival participants in a dancing flight from South America to Alaska.

More info at www.portlandparks.org
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Parks and recreation services for the city of Portland, Oregon.  Visit our community centers, pools, parks, natural areas and more!  And of course, visit portlandparks.org