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Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge hosts full day of free activities for all ages.

Celebrate wildlife and wild places at the annual Tualatin River Bird Festival Saturday, May 20.COURTESY PHOTO - Great Blue Heron

Spend the day outdoors at this free, family friendly event.

Start the day with one of several bird walks beginning at 5:30, 6 and 6:30 a.m. Listen to the "dawn chorus" and learn to identify birds by sight and sound with experienced birders.

Family activities start at 10 a.m. and will include hands-on educational arts and crafts to help children learn about nature — build a bird and butterfly house for the backyard or paint a duck decoy.

Visitors can learn to catch a fish, try their hand at archery, practice shooting a BB gun or play migratory fish putt-putt golf.

The always popular Audubon Education Birds will be featured with a live show at noon, and Conestoga wagon rides around the refuge will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out the conservation exhibits presented by local environmental groups and browse in the refuge's nature store.

Festival parking is available at the office building at 12205 S.W. Tualatin Rd., at the corner of Southwest 124th and Pacific Highway. Free shuttle buses will provide transportation to the refuge starting at 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. There will be no onsite parking at the refuge.

For complete information on this event including start time for bird walks, visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org or call 503-625-5944, ext. 227.

The Tualatin River Bird Festival is sponsored by the Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in partnership with the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

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