Farris: On the Refuge in November
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."
— Rachel Carson
Have you ever had those days when you need to get outside and away from everything, but your local park isn't the right place? Take a walk on the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, breathe deeply and soak up the sounds of nature. The seasonal trail is closed until May 1, but the trail through the oak savanna to the river and into the forest is always open and waiting for you.
The geese are back and the waterfowl migration is happening. Look for mallards, northern pintails, American wigeons and green-winged tea. You may see a few hundred to a several thousand cackling Canada geese and watch for the diving ducks — buffleheads, ruddy ducks and ring-necked ducks will join the crew. If you're interested in learning how to sort out and identify these waterfowl, watch for information about the waterfowl identification class on Dec. 7.
Pam Farris is a member of the Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
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