- Goodpasture Island Historic Trees: Ponderosa Pine and Oregon White Oak
The name ponderosa brings to mind images of the American West. For 14 seasons we watched the TV show “Bonanza” chronicling the adventures of the Cartwright family who lived on their 600,000 acre ranch called the Ponderosa (Wikipedia. 2010). This scene is suggestive of dry sites east of the Cascades and Sierra Nevadas. But we are learning that ponderosa pine once thrived in the green, moist Willamette Valley where it had adapted to do just fine in wet ground.
- Alien Invaders: Noxious Weeds and Invasive Ornamentals Found on Goodpasture Island
Noxious weeds may be pretty, but after we get to know them we discover their lifestyles push us beyond tolerance. These bullies aggressively out-compete other plants for available water, nutrients, light, and space.
- Delta Ponds Revegetation Project
Visitors and residents who drive Goodpasture Island Road or walk the trails at Delta Ponds Park see thousands of what look like sticks in the ground surrounded by plastic cages.
- Spring Wildflowers
Wind, rain, hail and snow! We’ve seen it all this winter. Does winter weather affect the bloom time of Goodpasture Island native spring wildflowers?
- Juvenile Chinook Salmon Found on Goodpasture Island
For the first time in over 60 years, juvenile spring Chinook salmon can swim freely through newly created side channels of the Willamette River at Delta Ponds and Heron Slough.
- Delta Ponds: Right in Our Own Backyard
- Delta Ponds Bird Checklist
Since 1979, 144 species have been recorded at Delta Ponds and the adjacent stretches of the Willamette River. As habitat improvements are made, this list is certain to grow.
- What’s the Name of that Bird?
Getting to know the birds in our area enriches our experience as residents. Learning about the natural history of our area contributes to our sense of place.
- After 50 Years the Willamette River and Delta Ponds Natural Area are Reconnected
After 10 years of planning and phased implementation, water is once again flowing from the Willamette through Delta Ponds.
- Island Lakes Condominiums’ Legacy Tree
A very large and very old Oregon white oak grows on Island Lakes Condominium property at the corner of James and Goodpasture Island Roads.
Goodpasture Island History
- Goodpasture Island’s Changing Landscape: Before 1846 to the Present
Charlene Simpson, Island Lakes Condominiums resident, wrote this brief history of Goodpasture Island for their website.