Monthly Archives: January 2012

2012 Annual Meeting/Banquet slated for Feb. 25th

At FFC’s Annual Meeting Feb. 25th two board positions will be filled by election, and attendees will enjoy partaking of the banquet prepared again this year by Amy Poulos . To top it off, amphibian researcher Laura Guderyahn will share the latest insights on worldwide frog declines.

The event will begin at 6:30 pm at Rainier’s Old Hall (“Big Green”), 103 C Street, Rainier. Reservations should be made by February 18th.

For details and to make reservations contact FFC at or call Michal Kelly-Miller at 503-410-1599.

“Frogs” is theme of Annual Banquet February 25th

Friends of Fox Creek will be treated to a fast-paced and fascinating summary of research findings on the mystery of frog declines and abnormalities in this country and around the globe.

“How many legs does a frog need to catch a fly?” That is the title of amphibian researcher Laura Guderyahn’s presentation at the FFC Annual Banquet on February 25th at Rainier’s Old Hall, 105 C Street, Rainier. The event begins with dinner at 6:30 pm.

Scouts shield trees in “Beaver Project”

In what has been informally called the Beaver Project, FFC volunteers assisted scouts and their parents on January 7th in placing protective wire sleeves around trunks of willows and alders near the mouth of Fox Creek.

The sleeves are three feet high and were cut to fit and installed on about 3 dozen trees below the A Street bridge by Boy Scout Troop 332 under the leadership of Scoutmaster Ted Heacock. Beavers have built a dam near the mouth and it was feared that all the small and medium-sized trees shading the creek there — as a result of earlier plantings — could be lost to the beavers if not protected.

Friends of Fox Creek provided tools for the workers and contributed three 50-foot rolls of wire fencing to the project.


FFC wraps up 2011

Looking back on 2011, FFC takes pride in a successful annual banquet on March 19th (rescheduled from February 26th due to inclement weather), featuring the “ordination” of a new board member, Michal Kelly-Miller, and the retirement of board member Bill Vilardi, who had been recently elected to the City Council. All attendees enjoyed Robert Michael Pyle’s presentation on his butterfly “big year.”

FFC volunteers once again organized and executed the annual Earth Day Fox Creek Trail Project in cooperation with SOLV on April 23rd, fielding 32 youth and adults to attack the English Ivy and to chip the trail.

FFC supported other community groups’ activities and put its own message out there in 2011 by operating a booth at the 2nd annual Rainier Revisited historical re-enactment April 16th and at the 2nd annual Pumpkin Festival October 29th.

Fall spawning surveys yield Coho and redds

FFC volunteers were excited to find two live Coho up Fox Creek on November 26th during the first organized survey of the season. Then three live Coho and one Coho carcass were found on December 3rd. A survey on December 10th came up empty, but the survey of Dec. 18 noted one Coho carcass.

Volunteers are noticing new pools and new gravel appearing where logs were placed in the creek during the habitat improvement project of late summer 2010.