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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 late January to hike the Refuge’s two-mile out and back trail. A longer perimeter trail opens seasonally on May 1st.
We enjoyed the birds, several deer and the oak tree-dominated wetlands. It is always a nice place to visit.
Song Sparrow and Golden-crowned Sparrow
Ducks before and after a snooze