For those who are unfamiliar with Island Lakes Condominiums, our website is an opportunity to share beautiful images of our environs, provide basic information about our community, and answer some Frequently Asked Questions (see FAQs).
For owners and residents of an Island Lakes condominium, Welcome Home! Sit back and relax. Enjoy the pictures submitted by your neighbors. Share the site with your family and friends. They will find maps, directions, and insights as to why you have chosen to make Island Lakes your home.
At Island Lakes website, membership does have its privileges! Website members have access to by-laws, committee minutes, informational updates, forms, and the monthly newsletter. We invite members to submit short articles and pictures of our community and the surrounding areas. A registration link is at the bottom right side of every webpage. Take a moment to register. It’s free and easy.
Are you ready for the big QUAKE????
“The next one will be a monster,” DeVonne Maxey of the City’s Office of Emergency Management told attendees at GIN’s general meeting in October. The US Geological Survey and the Oregon Department of Geology have documented that the Juan de Fuca plate is diving under the North American plate building up immense pressure. At some point something’s got to give. They tell us “the big one” is overdue. Ms. Maxey told GIN meeting attendees that having any survival plan is better than having no plan at all. [ READ MORE ON THE GIN WEBSITE ]
Autumn Leaves & Fall Color
Did you ever wonder how and why a fall leaf changes color? In summer leaves are green with chlorophyll. They photosensitize to make food necessary for growth, making pollen and setting seed. In autumn, shorter days, colder and longer nights signal the tree to form a seal at the base of the leaf petiole. Food processing shuts down. The green chlorophyll breaks up giving way to yellow and orange pigments already present. In some trees, like maples, sugars are trapped in leaves after photosynthesis stops. Sunlight and cool nights cause the sugars to turn into a red color. [ READ MORE ]
Inveterate Invertebrates: Dragonflies, Butterflies and Praying Mantis
Invertebrates are among the oldest known animals on earth dating back 428 million years. They are defined as animals without backbones. Invertebrates range from simple animals found in the ocean to the millions of insects found everywhere in the world (Fun Facts about Arthropods). [ READ MORE ]
Frog Songs at Island Lakes
“Crit-bit,” “Bit,” “Rivit” and “Rum, Rum, Jug-o-Rum, Jug-o-Rum.” We humans attempt to replicate the sounds frogs make. Those of us who live at Island Lakes hear their songs. Those who are acquainted with me know I like to study nature. Pacific tree frogs, also known as Pacific chorus frogs, visit the hanging geranium and fuchsia planters at the front entrance to my condo. I hear them, lamenting if I can’t find them and cheering when they appear. Did the little guys I see this year winter over? Or are they the progeny of frogs that visited me the year before? [ READ MORE ]
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. Reproductively dominant, they form single species stands that render an ecosystem inhospitable for birds, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. [ READ MORE ON THE GIN WEBSITE ]
Volunteer Opportunities at Delta Ponds Park
There are several volunteer groups currently holding work days at the Delta Ponds Park. Some examples of volunteer activities are: tree planting, watering plants, maintaining trails, removing noxious weeds, picking up trash, monitoring fish and wildlife, bird habitat enhancement. [ READ MORE ON THE GIN WEBSITE ]
What’s the Name of that Bird?
Getting to know the birds at Island Lakes enriches our experience as residents. Learning about the natural history of our area contributes to our sense of place. Some bird visitors to Island Lakes are year round residents of the Willamette Valley. Food is plentiful and they enjoy mild winters compared with other places. Life is good, so they stay. Others are migratory and have a calling to travel. They stop at our lakes to rest and feed before resuming their journey. These birds appear only during certain seasons. [ READ MORE ]
Color Pallet for Front Doors
Gone are the days when our doors were all painted same shade of blue! Now ILC residents can choose from a variety of approved colors. Paint for doors is available at Jerry’s Home Improvement or Tommy’s Paint Pot on Conger St. Pick from the following Benjamin Moore paints: Montana Agate 56, Silken Moss 237, Raisin 1237, Bittersweet Chocolate 2114-10, or Spanish Red 1301. Unit owners can paint their doors at any time.
The office is now open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 Noon.
Clubhouse is a “Hot Spot”
A wireless internet connection in the clubhouse is available to Island Lakes residents. Additional information-including the password-can be found under the ‘News’ tab in the ‘members only’ area of this website.