February is here, love is in the air and on the Willamette River, seen by our two friends in the picture above. Interestingly, I was told by Katy Weil, METRO’s Parks and Nature Senior Natural Resource Scientist, they are two hybrid domestic mallard males with differing characteristics. One with a white tuff (right) and both with the distinctive orange feet. In the Rose City, everyone enjoys a companion. Happy Valentines Day!
In recognition of Black History Month, there is another poem by Langston Hughes (1902-1967) that celebrates the author’s skin, a joyful exuberant embrace of the night as a refuge and a place of peace. The “Dream Variation” was published in 1926 and the poem is found at the end of email.
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2021 is going to be a year of remedial design- finally, after 20+ years. Signatures are happening in Portland Harbor and spring is almost here. We are very excited to have the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Habitat Restoration Specialist , National Resources and Damages Assessment (NRDA), and Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) staff from Watershed Services.
Date: Wednesday, February 10 2021
Time: Start at 6:30 pm Pacific
Location: Online Only
- Meeting ID: 923 1444 8438
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Guest speakers will be:
- NOAA’s Lauren Senkyr will be discussing Habitat restoration on the Willamette River and the work that NRDA is doing currently on the south and north reach of the Willamette River in the Portland Metro area. There will also be discussion about identifying connections between restoration projects and remedial sites, and how it is all coordinated with EPA and DEQ. Lauren Senkyr Habitat Restoration Specialist NOAA Restoration Center Office: (503) 231-2110 / Mobile: (503) 347-0848 firstname.lastname@example.org
- BES staff from Watershed Services will be discussing the creation of fish habitat using log jams, explain the deficiencies of critical habitat, and fish migrations on the Columbia Slough, a narrow waterway about 19 miles in the floodplain of the Columbia River. Contact/ Questions- Jennifer Devlin (BES) Office: (503) 823-1234 JENNIFER.DEVLIN@portlandoregon.gov
To fling my arms wide
In some place of the sun,
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me —
This is my dream!
To fling my arms wide
In the face of the sun,
Dance! whirl! whirl!
Till the quick day is done.
Rest at pale evening . . . .
A tall, slim tree . . .
Night coming tenderly,
Black like me.
Langston Hughes’ poem, “Dream Variation”:
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