Fall is here and the refuge is changing its colors
October is one of the best months to visit the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Fall is in full swing with its beautiful gold, orange and red colors. The weather is cooler, the days are usually sunny and dry and the winter rains are still in the future.
Most species of dabbling ducks such as mallards, northern pintails, American wigeons and green-winged teal will show up. Later in the month thousands of cackling Canada geese may be seen.
If you would like to learn more about waterfowl and how to identify them, watch for information about a waterfowl identification class coming in December.
The seasonal trail is closed until May 1. The trail closure provides protection for the arriving birds and ducks. The shorter two-mile year round trail to the river overlook and wetlands observation deck is always open and provides plenty of opportunities for seeing wildlife.
Tualatin River Photo Society: 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at visitor center
The program has not been confirmed at this time. Check the Friends website, www.friendsoftualatinrefuge.org, for more information. This group is open to anyone with any type of camera and an interest in nature photography
Drop in Exploration Days – Pelts and Skulls: 10 a.m. to noon, Oct. 6
Join us for free activities and crafts in our environmental education classroom in the visitor center. Explore the animals and plants that call our refuge home. All ages are welcome and themes will rotate monthly. No registration is required for this drop-in program. Stay as long as you like within the two-hour time frame.
Puddle Stompers - Owls: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9; 10 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 15
This pre-school environmental education program invites children and their families to spend the morning learning about the natural wonders of the refuge. Volunteer naturalists lead nature crafts, share stories and guide hikes on refuge trails. The refuge supplies "froggy" raingear for the kids, but adults should bring their own. Each month has a new theme. Registration is required. Register on the Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife website at
Owl Prowl: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11
Registration is required. Join us for a night walk to get to know more about this outstanding hunter. Owls remind us that nature is still very active after the sun goes down. During this night hike you'll learn about the different owls that call the refuge home and their mysterious nocturnal lives. You'll explore their habitat and learn about their amazing adaptations for life at night. Flashlights are provided. The program is recommended for older children and active adults. This hike requires ability to walk two miles.
Second Saturday Work Party: 8:15 a.m. to noon Oct. 12
Creatures of the Night: Oct. 19
For all ages, although registration is required. Bats, coyotes, owls and more call the refuge home at night. Come and discover the night time wonders of the refuge. This family event will feature indoor hands-on activities, night walks on the refuge and fun surprises. Kids, dress up as your favorite animal.
Nature Ambassadors: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Sherwood Library
All ages and no registration is required. If you like to explore nature off the refuge, drop in at our nature tables around the community.
To register for programs, visit friendsoftualatinrefuge.org and register for the event on the monthly calendar.
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