Appendix A Figure A2 Wildlife Corridor Aerial View — RVNA Management Plan September 2015 [Link]
ScienceHere we hope to have entries on for every project, field study, etc, being conducted in RVNA. This page is a work in progress.
Citizen ScienceFoRVNA is very interested in pursuing opportunities for citizen-based science. Nationwide programs allow community involvement (from grade schoolers to seniors) to participate in, contribute to, document, quantify, and understand the dynamics of the ecology at local study sites.
A good example of a citizen science project is Project Budburst. Several citizen scientists are already at work in RVNA! [LINK]
April's warm weather really encouraged buds to burst into bloom (salmonberry into full fuchsia blooms), and trillium to go beyond bloom into seed pods. We encourage more Budburst volunteers to observe and record! (Call to Action is?)
Professor Paulette BierzychudekHow does a forest recover? Lewis & Clark (College) study of River View Natural Area may yield answers. [LINK]
Slides & Papers
Can the Persistent Seed Bank Contribute to the Passive Restoration of Urban Forest Fragments After Invasive Species Removal?, Hannah Clements and Paulette Bierzychudek, 12 pages, [0.5 MB PDF]
Changes in the plant community of River View Natural Area following removal of invasive plants, Paulette Bierzychudek, 9 slides, [4.4 MB PDF]
Professor Patrick EdwardsWe hear that professor Patrick Edwards at Portland State University teaches a 'Field Methods' class using RVNA from September to December. Details to come, naturally.
Another possible Citizen Science Initiative: Vernal Pools
RVNA has some classic Vernal Pools, which serve as breeding grounds and nurseries -- for thousands of species worldwide. However, standard requirements for strictly controlling measurements (sampling) put this kind of science out of reach for a citizen group. (Need example of this.. as given by M Johnson.)
See wikipedia page [LINK]
LinksDeveloping vernal pool conservation plans at the local level using citizen-scientists [LINK]
Portland, Maine - a nice article look under 'salamander jelly'. [LINK]
Note: Other Professors...Beth at L&C? Others?
Visit our Library of gov docs and environmental studies [HERE].