Admirals and Skippers

The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is located a few miles southwest of Portland, Oregon. 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.

On a hot August day we hiked the Refuge’s 3 1/2-mile perimeter trail.

Due to high waters the trail had been extended past several ponds to the south. It made for a more enjoyable hike.

And, there were plenty of Canada geese, great blue herons, ducks, pileated woodpeckers and butterflies.

Always a nice place to visit.

Woodland Skipper

Great Blue Heron

Tualatin River

Lorquin’s Admiral


Swallow (scratching an itch)

Canada Geese

Wild Carrots

Lorquin’s Admirals

Lake along the trail

Great Blue Heron

A hazy Mt. Hood in the distance


Wild Tobacco










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