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Volunteer-led viewing activities slated in April, May and June in West Linn's Maddax Woods

PMG PHOTOS: LESLIE PUGMIRE HOLE - Goat Island, home to West Linn's heron rookeryCome view the return of the great blue herons to the West Linn area. From the observation deck at Maddax Woods, you can watch the birds at one of the largest rookeries on the Willamette River.

Weather permitting, volunteers will be on hand at 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 14 (best for catching the show before the trees fill out with leaves), May 19 and June 9. They will answer questions and let you peek through viewing scopes as the large birds build their nests on Goat Island. The herons begin building nests in early spring and raise young through summer.

Dress for the weather, bring your own binoculars or scope, and head to Maddax Woods Park, 5785 River St.

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