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Annual Tualatin River Bird Festival to soar at wildlife refuge May 17

The turkey vultures have returned to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge along with several species of migratory songbirds - May has arrived, and the seasonal trails are again open for longer walks on the refuge.

An eaglet (or maybe two) has hatched. Look for the adults perched on the sides of the nest leaning down to feed the eaglet(s).

Also, they will be taking turns flying out to bring back food for the hungry, growing chicks and standing guard over the nest.

Check out a Discovery Pack from the Wildlife Center to enrich your visit to the refuge. The packs, great for families or adults, are filled with tools to help explore the refuge in more depth.

Volunteer opportunity

On Saturday, May 10, join the Second Saturday Work Party from 9 a.m. to noon to help clear invasive plants from the public trails. Meet in the parking lot and wear work clothes and boots, and bring gloves and a water bottle.

Water and tools will be provided, and if you can't stay for the duration, just help out for any amount of time.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Mary French at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let her know you are coming so we can be prepared.

Tualatin River Bird Festival

This is our biggest event of the year! Join us on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a diverse assortment of family-friendly activities celebrating the wildlife and wild places that the Friends of the Refuge and the Fish & Wildlife Service work to protect every day.

Activities include observing a bird-banding demonstration in the morning; trying your hand at archery and casting for fish; watching an Audubon live bird show at noon; building a bat house, birdhouse or bee board;or painting a duck decoy. In addition, children can enjoy nature-themed activities and crafts.

Also, check out the exhibits of our conservation partners and find out more about their activities. For avid birders, there are early-morning bird walks starting at 5:30, 6, 6:30 or 7 a.m.

More casual and family-oriented guided walks will take place later in the day.

There also will be music and food, and the blue goose will be making appearances. Be sure to ask the goose why it is blue!

A shuttle bus will transport you in comfort from our offsite parking location right to the front door of the refuge. Buses will start running at 5:30 a.m. (just in time for our first bird walk of the day) until 6:30 p.m.

There will be signs directing people to a parking lot of a building at the intersection of 124th and 99W.

For complete, up-to-the-minute details, visit www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org/TualatinBirdFestival or call 503-625-5944.