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Get a firsthand look at Oregon’s fish and wildlife with an ODFW biologist

May 15, 2012

Portland, Ore. —Tour a wildlife rehabilitation center, trap invasive turtles and learn about Oregon chub. It’s all part of Oregon Wildlife (Heritage Foundation) and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s program, Firsthand Oregon.

Firsthand Oregon allows participants to get an up-close look at the state’s fish, wildlife and habitats to learn what it takes to keep them healthy. Field-science and management concepts as they relate to the state’s natural resources will be discussed. Group size varies from six to 20, and trips run from May 2012 through December 2012. Four trips are currently open; more will be added throughout the year.

Register through Oregon Wildlife’s website

Sat., June 2: Learn about reptile, amphibian and bird surveying at St. Louis Ponds, Woodburn area
Tues., June 5: Tour the Audubon Wildlife Care Center, Portland
Tues., June 19: Trap Invasive Turtles at Rinearson Creek Pond, Gladstone
Mon., June 25: Learn about work being done to save the Oregon chub, Stayton Island Area, Stayton

“Firsthand Oregon is a great way to learn about our fish and wildlife through experience in the field with an ODFW biologist,” said Tim Greseth, Oregon Wildlife’s Executive Director.

The Foundation charges a nominal fee of $6.50 per person to help offset the costs of offering these field-based experiences. Registration is required. Participants should expect to encounter a variety of field conditions and be able to provide their own transportation to the tour site. Register online at Oregon Wildlife’s website, For more information about the program, contact Tim Greseth, or at Oregon Wildlife, (503) 255-6059.

Oregon Wildlife restores, protects, and improves access to Oregon’s fish, wildlife, and outdoor resources. Since its founding, Oregon Wildlife (Heritage Foundation) has directed millions of dollars in funding to fish, wildlife and habitat projects throughout the state. Oregon Wildlife and ODFW are working together to implement the Oregon Conservation Strategy, a blueprint and action plan for the long-term conservation of Oregon’s native fish and wildlife and their habitats. Learn more on ODFW’s website,




Tim Greseth
Oregon Wildlife
(503) 255-6059

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