Volunteer Philip Bayles has been photographing Oregon's Willamette Confluence project via remote-controlled planes for over a year. His photos are helping scientists plan and track various habitat restoration strategies. Learn more
This is one of Bayles’ photos. On the right are the Coast and Middle forks of the Willamette River, shortly before they meet east of Eugene, creating an ecological crossroad where water and wildlife come together in tremendous diversity.
Featuring extensive habitats increasingly endangered in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the site includes six miles of river corridor, floodplain forest, wetlands, upland oak woodlands and native prairie.
More than 30 native fish and wildlife species considered at risk live here including Chinook salmon, northern red-legged frog (above), vesper sparrow and western meadowlark, Oregon's state bird.
Bayles has logged hundreds of flights so far, with plans to continue until the site’s restored — likely about 10 years. Unlike landscape images, his photos offer views of areas otherwise blocked by invasive plants or high water.
Volunteer teams remove the invasive plants during restoration work parties each year. You can enjoy the outdoors alongside others while restoring important places like the Willamette Confluence, too. Learn more
A Raptor's View
Philip Bayles, Conservancy volunteer, enjoys a life-long hobby while helping restore Oregon's Willamette Confluence.