Ocean Blue Wildlife group main goal is a quality of life for birds and other wildlife in the state of Oregon. Wildlife Volunteers renew their connections to the land through hands-on conservation and resource management activities.
Balancing wildlife preservation, human use and the influences of adjacent urbanization are challenges and opportunities that the Ocean Blue Project will continue to meet. Effort will be made to involve the public in aspects of the Wildlife Program. Our goals are to ensure that the region’s scenic lands are secure and that wildlife always has a place to prosper.
The “sky’s the limit” with opportunities to help our urban streams to remain wonderful places to visit and areas rich with wildlife treasures.
Impact of your partnership
Over 173,302 lbs of River & Marine debris removed from beaches through partnerships.
Considering that 12 pieces of plastic can kill a turtle, together we have saved about 14,441 animals.
Ready to Save our Wildlife?
Our 2020 goal is to have double the volunteers at our events and therefore, the amount collected
Level of Commitment
1. A willing heart and a passion to help people, birds and wildlife.
2. Able to support the goals of the Wildlife Volunteers Program under the direction of the Wildlife Program Manager and Wildlife Stream Coordinator.
3. Faithful in attending projects on time.
4. Giving at least two weeks notice if you wish to attend a volunteer project session.
5. Giving at least two days notice to the Wildlife Stream Coordinator managing the Wildlife Volunteer Program if you will be absent from a project session that you had registered to attend.
Volunteers must be able to make a minimum commitment of 3 hours per event:
3 hours per year
6 hours per year
9 hours per year
Blue Streams & Rivers and Blue Beaches Programs
Urban stream and river restoration projects for wildlife habitat that engage communities in planting native Trees for Streams that flow downstream to our One World Ocean.
Blue Streams & Rivers and Blue Beaches
To empower communities and beyond by providing planning and technical assistance to landowners, communities, and local governments.
Our main focus and goal is to improve urban water quality by using a holistic ecosystem-based approach that synergistically reduces pollutants entering the river, prevents erosion, and provides wildlife habitat. Through the process of restoration, we are providing environmental education, connecting people in the community to their natural environment, and improving biodiversity.
Goals & Outcomes
The goal of this project is to restore habitat for threatened riparian animal species by improving water quality and stream stability with an ecological restoration approach. Native plants will be established throughout 50% of the stream section after removing invasive species such as Reed Canary Grass.
Pre-implementation includes the removal of invasive species and establishing 50% native plants. The project continues with post-implementation monitoring of water quality and project effectiveness, including weekly water samples for three years, frequent plant monitoring, and using strategies to maintain consistent water temperatures to improve survival rates. With Oregon State University interna, Ocean Bluemonitors species through waterfowl counts and amphibian counts.
Impact to Our Community
Our overall goal is to lower Nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and E, Coli from agriculture, city streets, and animal waste that runoff into urban streams and rivers and eventually flow into our One World Ocean. Our goal of restoration is to create a self supporting ecosystem that is resilient to perturbation without further assistance.
Healthy Trees plus healthy Cities equals healthy Communities. Ocean Blue will be using provided funds to implement watershed and wildlife enhancement and community service learning projects.
The restoration of rivers by planting trees and green spaces in urban areas provides more than aesthetic benefits: it will also raise the economic value of a city in many ways, . Where there are trees, there are reduced energy costs, decreased storm water treatment costs, increased property values, increased spending at stores, increased employee satisfaction, and lower healthcare costs through cleaner air and increased recreational opportunities.
Urban streams can be a great tool to filter water if abundance of flora and fauna is thriving. Native plants and trees can not only filter water but also provide a stream canopy that allows a consistent water temperature for native salmonid species. Water from urban streams flows downhill ending up in our rivers, and then our world’s Ocean! Planting trees increases the value of nearby houses, increases tax revenues, supports local businesses, decreases government spending through the natural provision of ecosystem services, decreases the cost of recreation, and creates jobs.
Investing in beaches, rivers, streams and creeks is a solid strategy to lower pollution. Restoration projects will enhance the economic value of a city, its communities, and beyond. Service learning projects engage with high schools and colleges, like Oregon State University students, the community of Albany, and local communities within the United States in order to restore wildlife habitat, improve public health, and reinforce environmental protection. This will improve the drinking water for over two million people who live downstream, and preservation of natural beauty, all of which makes communities more livable.
Willamette River Projects
The Willamette River is one of the most endangered rivers in the U.S. and is vital to salmon. Ocean Blue has a goal to plant 1 million native shrubs and trees for the Willamette River and its tributaries along with Florida waterways by 2025.
Periwinkle Creek in Albany
Periwinkle Creek is a tributary of the Willamette River, a major river of Oregon that provides drinking water for millions of people who live downstream. Enhancing Periwinkle Creek is vital for protecting a greater ecosystem that flows to the Columbia River and into our one world Ocean. Planting native trees and shrubs is also vital for mitigating climate change by sequestering atmospheric carbon in soil.
Ocean Blue engaged high risk youth by purchasing native plants and shrubs for the Periwinkle Creek Project from the New Beginnings Garden, housed at the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility. Under Linn County Juvenile Department supervision and in partnership with the Oregon Youth Authority, the New Beginnings Garden and the Linn County Work Service Program provide at risk youth with opportunities to learn basic employment skills and more advanced training and skill building opportunities in horticulture and restoration work. In the next 12 months, our goal is to place 100,000 native trees and shrubs in tributaries of the Willamette River in Albany, Salem, and Portland areas and engage 5,000 students in essential stream and river protection projects.
Sequoia Creek in Corvallis
Ocean Blue initiated Blue Streams & Rivers Program through an Urban Stream Wildlife Enhancement Project in 2012 at Sequoia Creek in Corvallis. During the third year of the project, we introduced fungi to soil where natives were planted as part of a holistic ecosystem approach that enhances microorganisms in the soil and allows plants to thrive. We are now collaborating with NASA at the Ames site and a local Oregon stream site to research which fungi species are most effective for cleaning pollution near waterways.
Southeast Oak Creek in Albany
In 2016, the Blue Streams & Rivers Program expanded to include an Urban Stream Project at SE Oak Creek that flows through the Linn-Benton Community College campus in Albany. LBCC students, Oregon State University interns, and Linn County Juvenile Department made up the 24 volunteers that planted 100 native plants from New Beginnings Garden. This project is still being monitored and will continue being enhanced until 2021, with trees that are now well established and providing shade to stabilize water temperature and enhance wildlife habitat.
Through grant funding and community support, Ocean Blue has also been able to plant 6,200 native shrubs and Trees for Streams in the past 12 months at Periwinkle Creek of Albany in Linn County, Oregon. Ocean Blue has been the primary purchaser of plants from the New Beginnings Garden since 2016, in which time we have also placed a total of 14,300 native plants in Oregon soil.
Mill Creek in Salem
Ocean Blue is working directly with the City of Salem Parks & Recreation to enhance Mill Creek at Cascades Gateway Park. Volunteers get together at the park annually to clean the park and clear away invasive plants along the stream banks. Plans are being developed to continue beautifying the park and improving water quality for the native migrating bird species, bees, and butterflies.
Upward Bound students of Western Oregon University engaged in the ongoing project during the spring of 2020. The project provides the opportunity for students to gain hands on experience with horticulture and a connection with their community. The project also addresses the water quality of Mill Creek that flows into the Willamette River, providing drinking water for millions who live downstream.
Research for Clean Water at NASA Ames Research Center
Ocean Blue has been working with Fungi in Corvallis, Oregon since 2011 with goals to remove pathogens from local waterways. Overtime, further research became vital for larger scale projects for both urban streams and larger wild rivers.
Today Ken Cullings, scientist from NASA-Ames Research Center of California, is working in collaboration with Ocean Blue Project to research the genetics of fungi placed in a catchment holding pond to filter pollutants as a clean water project.
Ocean Blue Project has established chapters across Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Texas and growing. Active projects are happening in 56 cities across the United States and growing.