On January 28th, 2020, Sandy River Watershed Council staff member Melissa lead a tour of the Mt. Hood Community College campus for six students of the MHCC WR 122:05 English class and their instructor. During this tour students engaged in discussion and inquiry about the Salmon Safe projects and why these projects are happening on their college campus. The following blog post is the students response to what they learned that day.
A lot of amazing wildlife calls Beaver Creek home. Some of these animals are expected to live in or near this urban and agricultural creek, like crayfish, great blue herons, treefrogs, and beavers. Others have surprised some of us a bit over the years by living so close to a city, like salmon, eagles, otters, and mountain lions. One rare animal amazed us when we discovered that it was living here right alongside us: the Oregon slender salamander.
Yes, poop. That’s what I said. Turds, droppings, feces, or the “dookie”, by another name. I’m not trying to shame, but the dookie might not be quite high enough in our minds sometimes. Whether it’s your dookie, your pet’s dookie, your other animal’s dookie, we need to respect where that dookie goes. That sounds pretty obvious, but it’s something I wanted to mention for the sake of the water quality in Beaver Creek. Here’s why.