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.