A Nice Outing at the Tualatin River NWR

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Wildlife Refuge

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.

Golden-crowned Sparrow on the move

We took advantage of a cool and cloudy day in February to hike the Refuge’s out and back trail. A longer perimeter trail opens seasonally on May 1st.

We enjoyed the birds and the oak tree-dominated wetlands. It is always a nice place to visit.

A foggy Tualatin River

Western Robin

Ubiquitous Canada Geese flying overhead

Small pond along the trail

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  1. Thanks for the introduction to the Tualatin River and the NWR, John. I like all your photos. The fog gives us a wonderfully moody feel, and it’s pleasant to see the birds who joined you.

  2. John, these are beautiful! I love the reflection of the trees in the water. The fog gives it a dreamy look and the small pond reminds me of an ominous storyline. A great setting for a thriller movie or book! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing!

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