Early June (when the wildflowers are in their heighth)
Willamette Valley wet prairies are among the most endangered habitat types in the state of Oregon, and among the rarest of North American ecosystems. Come tour Mud Slough Wetland with wetland banker Mark Knaupp and TWC Executive Director Esther Lev. Over the past 24 years Mark has restored 550 acres of Willamette Valley Prairie Wetland. Twenty-three years later, thousands of native prairie plants, including some rare species, have sprung up on their own and turned the wetlands into a tapestry of color and texture. The purple and white popcorn flower, common downingia, and veronica, dark green tufts of sedge, and delicate tufted hairgrass provide habitat for a variety of wildlife including the showy pink Nelson’s checkermallow that is listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.