Newts at the Tualatin River NWR


The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is located a few miles southwest of town. It’s one of only a handful of urban wildlife refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Since 1992 the Federal government and volunteers have been working to turn the Refuge back to a more natural state within the floodplain of the Tualatin River Basin.

We took advantage of a cool and cloudy day in mid-February to hike the Refuge’s two-mile out-and-back winter trail. There were a few rough-skinned newts on the trail, several Savannah sparrows, stream violets and many wildfowl to be seen in the oak tree-dominated wetlands.

It is always a nice place to visit.

Rough-skinned Newt

Rough-skinned Newt

Your Humble Scribe

Your Humble Scribe

Mallards

Mallards

Stream Violet

Stream Violet

Savannah Sparrow (?)

Savannah Sparrow

Canada Goose

Canada Goose

Wetlands

Wetlands

New growth

New growth

 

 

 

 

Categories: Portland Area HikesTags: , , ,

3 comments

  1. Nice work John, I’ll have to get out there!

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  2. Great photos as usual, enjoyed the rare photo of you. I like the beard!

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