A Late Spring Day at the Baskett Slough Refuge

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Baskett Butte

Another interesting visit to a National Wildlife Refuge in the Willamette Valley. This time the destination was the Baskett Slough NWR west of Salem. This is a fun location to hike with a combination of wetlands, and uplands with Oregon white oak.

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

The area is famous for its butterflies, and I did spot some pretty ones. The wildflowers added splashes of colors along the trail.

As usual, I saw a few deer. They’re used to people wandering in the refuge.

I hiked to the top of Baskett Butte and then a ways to the north.

For an outing of roughly three miles, it made for a very pleasant outing.

White-crowned Sparrow

The rich agricultural land of the Willamette Valley from Baskett Butte

Blacktail Deer


Baskett Butte and the beginning of the hike

Blue-eyed Grass

Deer can be tough to spot

Spring blossoms






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