Lost Ladybug  LbNA # 62242

OwnerTimm-ber Trail    
Placed DateJun 16 2012
CountyClackamas
LocationTickle Creek Trail, Sandy, OR
Boxes1
Found ByHeavenly Boys
Last UpdateJul 14 2014

Lost Ladybug Letterbox

Across North America ladybug species distribution is changing. Over the past twenty years several native ladybugs that were once very common have become extremely rare. During this same time ladybugs from other places have greatly increased both their numbers and range. Some ladybugs are simply found in new places. This is happening very quickly and we don’t know how, or why, or what impact it will have on ladybug diversity or the role that ladybugs play in keeping plant-feeding insect populations low. We're asking you to join us in finding out where all the ladybugs have gone so we can try to prevent more native species from becoming so rare. For more information, please see: www.lostladybug.org.

You can find THIS Lost Ladybug at the Tickle Creek Trail in Sandy, OR.

The Tickle Creek Trail is approximately 1.8 miles of wooded, scenic trail in the heart of Sandy. Tickle Creek Trail is just one leg of an ambitious and challenging vision that could someday become a series of connecting trails running through Clackamas and Multnomah counties.

The Trail offers dense woods, a rushing creek with spawning salmon, and the five wooden bridges. The surface is ideal for walkers, hikers and runners, as well as mountain bikes and baby strollers. Public restrooms are not yet included. Dogs are welcome on leash, but please clean up after them.
You can access the Tickle Creek trail from both the East (Hwy. 211) and West (362nd Ave.) end of Dubarko. Grab your Walking Stick.

From the East end: (the longer trek)

The trailhead starts just West of Hwy 211 on Dubarko.
Follow the trail through the woods. You may think you’ll find ladybugs on your right where the woodpeckers have pecked away at a tree. Keep going and, if it’s June, you’ll see orange and red (the colors of ladybugs) salmonberries on your left. You’ll cross the street at this point. There’s a fork in the road (either way is fine to take). Again, you’ll cross the road. A few yards up the pavement turns to gravel.

Stay to the right on the path. You’ll cross a small bridge over the creek before getting to a playground. You’ll be tempted to follow the creek to the left, but head to the street and fine the connecting path. To do so, follow the street left (across Sandy Heights).

Follow the brick road and take a left back into the forest, cross Bridges #4 and #3. Continue down the path. On your right you’ll see a protective fence. There’ll be another fence up ahead surrounding a burned tree. (If you reach Bridge #2, you’ve gone too far). While standing facing the burned tree, across the path, look to 7:00. At the base of the tree in a nook, you’ll find the Lost Ladybug covered with sticks, bark and leaves.

Congratulations!

Please return the letterbox and its bagged contents so others can enjoy the search.

From the West end: (The short trek)

The trailhead starts between the first two houses on the South side of the street.

Cross Bridge #1 and Bridge #2. You may find spiders under there, but not the Lost Ladybug. Follow the path to the right. On your right you’ll see a protective fence around a burned tree. Across the path at about 10:00, at the base of the tree in a nook, you’ll find the Lost Ladybug covered with sticks, bark and leaves.

Congratulations!

Please return the letterbox and its bagged contents so others can enjoy the search.