Jane Burch-Pesses


"Learn to do more, not just donate."

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Jane's Actions

Action Track: Social Justice

Support Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

#39 Indigenous Peoples' Land Management

I will donate to Native American Rights Fund, which protects tribal natural resources and environmental rights and promotes Native American Human Rights.

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Buy an electric car

I have wanted an electric car for decades and in 2015 I bought one and I love it!

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Support pollinators

Take an action to support our planet's pollinators. Learn about bees and butterflies. Make your yard more attractive to pollinators by planting native plants or reducing chemicals. Sign up for the Backyard Habitats Certification program. Share what you've learned.

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Land Use

Plant Native Plants

I will plant 12 native yarrow (Achillea millefolium 'Calistoga') in my yard that I buy from Xera Plants, a nursery specializing in low water plants, including many Oregon natives. Favorite of butterflies and other pollinators.

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Action Track: Social Justice

Help Girls Overcome Health Barriers

#6 Educating Girls

I will donate 1 Femme Kit(s) to help girls overcome health and sanitation barriers to being able to attend school.

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Buildings and Cities

Contact City of Hillsboro about trees for bus stop

I will call them and find out who to talk to about this.

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Buildings and Cities

Enhancing bus stops

Now that I have contacted the right person, I will talk to him about the specific steps to enhance the bus stop nearest me. Also ask him about the most used bus stops.

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Buildings and Cities

Talk to Dept of Transportation

Need infö on their right of way around the bus stop.

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Use Muscle Power

#49 Cars

I will cut my car trip mileage by only taking necessary trips, and I will only use muscle-powered transportation for all other trips.



Protect our watershed - learn and do

The Tualatin watershed is crucial to our community's well-being. Learn more about the conservation and restoration activities of the past and present that are ensuring the health of our watershed. Pick an action from the following options: 1) Switch to organic or slow-release fertilizers, 2) Replace a non-permeable surface with a permeable one, 3) Always pick up after pets (if you notice a location, park, or greenspace with a pet waste problem, find a way to improve the disposal infrastructure), 4) Plant tough/hardy plants that require little or no extra water/fertilizer, 5) Use roof water or greywater in the garden instead of having it run directly to the street or down the drain.

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The history of recycling programs is complex. Much of the confusion about what is and isn't recyclable started decades ago. Take some time time to learn about the evolution of plastic recycling efforts. Click 'learn more' for suggested videos and articles.

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Land Use

Talk to neighbors

Talk to one of my neighbors about planting milkweed.

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  • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/24/2020 11:55 AM
    We're #10!  And 33 points away from 10,000 points!

  • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/22/2020 6:24 PM
    Earlier in the sheltering in place, people were doing scavenger hunts for the kids, to get them out walking around and visually finding things in their neighbors' property.  One scavenger hunt was for native plant week and they asked us to label any native plants in our yards.  Here is a photo of my red alder, complete with sign.  If you want to read a lyrical description of alder and its role in PNW forests, read the alder chapter in Natural Grace: The Charm, Wonder, and Lessons of Pacific Northwest Animals and Plants by William Dietrich.  I was also intrigued by the statement "...serious butterfly gardeners will want to plant alders," on page 380 of The Encyclopedia of Northwest Native Plants for Gardens and Landscapes. This is consistent with Tallamy's designation of alder in Nature's Best Hope as a local keystone species that supports 210 kinds of local Lepidoptera.
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  • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/22/2020 9:20 AM
    We are team number 12! Yay, us!  Also our total points stand now at 9,281 - Very close to our team captain's predicted 10,000!

  • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/21/2020 2:33 PM
    Tomorrow is our last day. I feel a bit sad.  At least I can stay in touch with Lori Gates through the Facebook habitat page.

    • Lori Gates 5/21/2020 7:36 PM
      Hi, Jane, I have really enjoyed your posts and commentary!  Besides joining the habitat facebook, you should also join here https://www.facebook.com/westsidemasterrecyclers/  ,Westside Master Recyclers page, which covers mostly Washington County sustainability items. I hope to meet you in person at an upcoming PlanetCon event, the next one is **hopefully** January 2021. (unless Covid gets in the way again).

  • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/21/2020 2:32 PM
    The cedar waxwings are back on my red hot pokers!  No, red hot pokers are not a native plant, but how can I dig them up when the cedar waxwings come? They always look to me like they are wearing racing caps!
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  • Reflection Question
    Did you learn anything with this challenge action that changes your perspective on recycling? What about plastics specifically?

    Jane Burch-Pesses 5/17/2020 11:47 AM
    I was aware of the scope of the problem and the difficulties addressing it.  The quote, "Recyclability is a poor predictor of environmental benefits," is frustrating, although accurate in the case of plastics.  As always, reduce and reuse are better options than recycle.  They also make a good point that recycling codes 3 through 7 should not have the triple arrow recycling symbol on them, since very few plastic items with those codes are ever recycled.  An end to cheap oil would be the most effective thing to drastically reduce single use plastics, and also have many other effects.

  • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/17/2020 11:18 AM
    Had to wait in line to get into the Portland Farmers Market yesterday, and what did I see?! Some fully grown blue blossom bushes, in bloom, with the inevitable bees!  The photos below may be the mixed bumblebee (Bombus mixtus), or may not be.  (Not so good at IDing bees, I'm afraid.)  The interesting one is the side view, which shows the big harvest of pollen on the back leg.

    • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/18/2020 10:30 AM
      Roberta!  Thanks for mentioning B. Melanopygus!  "The only bee still seen in San Francisco."  So interesting to read about.  (Red abdomen segments only in the North!  Nature is so inventive!)

    • Roberta Sommer 5/17/2020 2:38 PM
      Might be B. Melanopygus?

  • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/13/2020 12:23 PM
    Hello, Lori! Here is the native plant that I like very much.  If you look at the top picture, can you see why it is called duck foot?  If you look at the bottom picture, can you see why it is called inside out flower?  Latin name is Vancouveria hexandra, named as many things are in this area, for George Vancouver who explored here and hexandra means "having six stamen" but because the flowers are "inside out" it is easier to see the six petals. (I love words, don't you?)  The middle picture shows that it makes a very nice ground cover with the flowers held above the leaves, thus very visible.  Sadly, it does not crowd out grass, so it is in need of weeding.

    • Lori Gates 5/13/2020 8:56 PM
      Very pretty, and very nice that it grows well in shade. I have alot of shade in my yard. I usually put new plants in during the fall so it will be on my list to look out for!

    • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/13/2020 1:14 PM
      BTW, this is what Xera Plants says about Asclepias speciosa, " Spreads underground vigorously by stolons and can come up quite a way from the initial clump. "

  • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/12/2020 11:54 AM
    Hello again, Lori Gates!  The Oregonian article that I mentioned before can be found here:  https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2015/06/monarchs_reappear_in_portland.html
    Originally written in 2015, looks like they changed it a bit last year.

    • Lori Gates 5/13/2020 8:47 PM
      Oh my gosh!  Fascinating article!  Interesting how that woman hatched the monarchs in her home!  Well I will have to keep a keen eye out on my plants this year.  I only have 3 right now. I did notice today there are more "stems" coming up than last year.  Maybe that is what they meant by 'spreading'.

  • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/12/2020 11:41 AM
    Hello to Lori Gates!  I have been working on something that you encouraged me to do at the end of April and I updated our conversation on this feed but it was SO FAR BACK IN THE FEED I didn't think you would ever find it, so I am reposting it here.  LOL!

    Hi, Lori!  Just wanted to let you know that I tried to talk to the "mowing neighbor" about the milkweed idea.  I rang their doorbell.  They have one of those Ring doorbells.  A woman's voice came on saying, "Hello? Hello?"  I tried to talk to her but she kept saying, "I can't hear you!"  After lots of yelling back and forth, I gave up and walked away.  So I decided to write up my proposal and drop it off at the house and then I discovered that the native milkweed I wanted to  plant (Ascelpias speciosa) spreads by rhizomes and is invasive!  So after trying to find out on the web if anyone has planted it in a home garden and controlled its spread, I discovered that there is ANOTHER milkweed native to Oregon that is a good monarch plant and NOT invasive (Asclepias fascicularis)!  So that is the status of my little project idea, so far.  Thanks again for your encouragement on this.  I have not given up yet.

    • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/13/2020 1:13 PM
      This is what Xera Plants says about Asclepias speciosa, " Spreads underground vigorously by stolons and can come up quite a way from the initial clump. "

    • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/13/2020 12:24 PM
      Posted the photos above.

    • Jane Burch-Pesses 5/13/2020 12:06 PM
      Hello, Lori!  Thanks for the info on the FB page!  I will connect with them (and, hopefully, with you!).

      The first Oregon native plant that I fell in love with is duck foot, also known as inside out flower (Vanoveria hexandra).  It is a great plant for shady areas.  It's blooming now. I will post a picture.  

      As for the invasiveness of the showy milkweed, I did read one gardener's comment online that he controls it by pulling up the plants that come up from the rhizomes.  Not sure how much work that would be.

    • Lori Gates 5/12/2020 3:16 PM
      That is excellent progress, Jane!  Kudos to you for at least trying to reach out. I would think during COVID people are pretty reluctant to open their doors, especially to strangers. I know my neighbors now usually catch me in the street instead of knocking at the door. After your comment on some milkweed being invasive I looked at mine and mine are showy milkweed (asclepias speciosa) that haven't spread yet. I know I planted narrow-leaved (fascicularis) once but it looks like it didn't survive.  I took a photo of my side yard today, the right-hand part is the neighbor's section that I took over a few years ago. You can see in the far back the geum and I have read more after your comment and plan to rip it out after the flowers are done, it sounds too aggressive. So what are your favorite native flowers?  I have planted natives for years but mainly bushes, so I am pretty new to the flowers, except for common ones like California poppy and the native orange columbine, lupine, camas, etc.

      I also wanted to mention that if you do facebook there is a good facebook groups called "Friends of Backyard Habitats - greater Portland, OR area" where people post questions/answers and you don't need to be officially in the backyard habitat program. I wish I had searched there for geum info after I found out what it was.
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      and a few others.