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 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, 2020. 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.
To register for programs, visit friendsoftualatinrefuge.org and register for the event on the monthly calendar. All programs are free to the public.
Pam Farris is a member of the Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
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