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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 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.
Great Blue Herons and ducks
Red-flowering Currant and Yellow Stream Violet