A Raptor's View

Philip Bayles, Conservancy volunteer, enjoys a life-long hobby while helping restore Oregon's Willamette Confluence.

Volunteer Philip Bayles has photographed Oregon's Willamette Confluence project via remote-controlled planes for over a year. His photos help scientists plan and track habitat restoration strategies.

This is one of Bayles’ photos. To the right, the Coast and Middle forks of the Willamette River create an ecological crossroad where water and wildlife come together in tremendous diversity.

Featuring habitats increasingly endangered in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the site includes 6 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 100s of flights and plans to continue until the site’s restored. Unlike landscape images, his photos offer views of areas otherwise blocked by invasive plants or high water.

Volunteers remove invasive plants during restoration work parties each year. You can also enjoy the outdoors while restoring important places like the Willamette Confluence. Learn more


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