A tale of two nests

A nest of chickdees successfully fledged from a nestbox near the wildlife corridor. A couple of weeks later, a nest of tree swallows fledged from a bluebird box nearby. Cleaning out the nests brought an interesting insight: The swallow nest was vacated just two days before the clean out, the chickadee nest had sat empty […]

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Fun Activity for Scientists and Gardeners of All Ages

While clearing the valerian “forest” on the bike barn path (also known as the snake bed), I was wishing something could be made out of the plant material, such as fabric. Then the thought occurred: hollow tubes, these could be mason bee homes! Anyone can make a simple structure for native bees out of valerian […]

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How do we do social distancing at Coho?

Circles of Solidarity: when the weather permits, decorative chalk circles on the path indicate exactly where to stand to be six feet apart. The visual really helps those of us who are accustomed to a little tighter social spacing get used to the new distance. At the beginning of the shut-down, concerns about minimizing contact […]

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Coho a big presence at Open Streets!

Many cohoots  volunteered at Open Streets, working at booths and entertaining. Jeff’s bike shop, Corvallis Electric Bikes, was a sponsor. April and Craig’s bakery (also a Coho business) Wild Yeast provided food.

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Our Bountiful Community

Meet Valerie and her sidekick, Chaco. Valerie is a master gardener. She can be seen delivering dahlias, cucumbers, tomatoes, tomatillos, and the occasional eggplant door to door at Coho. Valerie is one of the blessings of living at Coho.

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Redtail pair watches over CoHo

You may have noticed the lone hawk sitting in one of the twin towers early in the mornings. Or you may have seen one circling over the cemetery and floating over the buildings of Coho. For the longest time, I could not tell what variety of hawk it could be. Early in the morning, with […]

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Say goodbye to hornets

The hornets and yellowjackets are cruising for their last snacks before the frost gets them. Yellowjackets have been particularly annoying, lately, buzzing around hair and exposed skin. If you stay calm while brushing them away, they seldom sting. They appear to be curious, more than aggressive, perhaps they want to taste the perspiration on skin, […]

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Stingers

This time of year Oregon buzzes with yellow jackets, paper wasps, and hornets. Yellowjackets nest in the ground in large hives with multiple openings, and they are very aggressive if a person happens to enter their space. Hornets can also be aggressive, but usually nest up high, where we are unlikely to bother them. Paper […]

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