Throughout greater Portland, natural areas slip between subdivisions and business districts, making homes for animals in the middle of cities. In Washington County, Fanno Creek attracts water fowl and even Roosevelt elk just blocks from OR-217. In Gresham, Gabbert Butte and other hills are home to deer and salamanders. These in-town wildlife neighbors are able to hang around because of wildlife corridors, connected stretches of forests, creeks, wetlands, prairies and other habitat that allow animals to move between natural areas. Metro scientists, with help from partners, have worked to create models of these wildlife corridors to help protect that animals that live in them.
Read about wildlife corridors in the Summer 2021 edition of Our Big Backyard.
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