Walking Among the Geese

Canadian Geese at the Tualatin River Ntl. Wildlife Refuge
Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be gorgeous. Not only did we have have our feast, but we also were able to get outside to enjoy mostly sunny and warmish days. To walk off a bit of the mincemeat pie, we took a short drive to the recently built Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge.

Tualatin River Ntl. Wildlife Refuge

This refuge was completed only a few years ago. It is in the center of a 712 square mile watershed, with over 200 species of birds, 50 species of mammals and 25 species of amphibians.

Osprey flying over the refuge (photo by Rick Leinen)
Bald Eagle (photo by Susan Faye)
Red-winged Blackbird

Stellar Jay

Geese flying overhead. Mt. Hood is in the background.

The viewing blind.
Clouds rolled in with a few sprinkles as we were leaving.

The benches and signs are works of art.
There are many nice walking paths with plenty of benches along the way.
Tualatin River National Refuge
 We took a 2 mile round trip path that follows the river to a viewing station. All of this is free for now. I read where they may charge a small fee soon. It is a first class wildlife sanctuary and one I don't mind supporting. I hope all of you that live in or visit northwest Oregon will get a chance to see this beautiful area that is filled with wildlife all year.

1 comment:

CJ said...

What a wonderful way to walk off some calories! It's so enjoyable to hike through that area and hopefully see some wonderful birds too!
Thanks Nancy!