Walking on Water

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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.

Great Blue Heron walking on water (coming in for a landing)

We took advantage of a cool and cloudy day in early March 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.

Indian Plum

An irritated Canada Goose

Great Blue Heron coming in for a landing

Pleasant trail

Great Blue Herons and ducks

Tualatin River

Red-flowering Currant and Yellow Stream Violet


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  1. That’s pretty spectacular photo of the heron landing.

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