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.
On our tour of the salmon projects on April 15, 2019, our writing class at Mt Hood Community College, WR122:01, encountered the concept of a “story of water.” The class decided to share its stories of water.
The Beaver Creek watershed was once a network of forests, streams, meadows, and wetlands. Over the past couple of centuries almost all of it has been changed considerably.