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Oulanka Park focuses on natural habitat restoration for birds of all species.

KAELYN CASSIDY - Oulanka Park is a 2.5-acre park that focuses on natural habitat restoration.

New housing in Wilsonville isn't just limited to human occupants. In fact, recent construction on Oulanka Park in Villebois has opened the door for feathered families to move in.

The 2.5-acre park, also known as regional park 7, is located at the southwest corner of Villebois Drive North and Boeckman Road. It includes multiple spots for birds of all different species to perch, hunt and nest. KAELYN CASSIDY - A perch and bat houses at Oulanka Park.

A few "fly-by's" from eagles and hawks in the area have already been spotted, said Parks Supervisor Dustin Schull.

There aren't concerns about neighborly disputes between human and avian residents of the area, Schull said.

"In Memorial Park we've had an osprey nest for the last five or six years that's been inhabited all summer in the middle of our athletic field," he said. "When we see those birds pass through, they're relatively comfortable with everything that's going on, it would appear."

The park sits among wetlands and its design is meant to showcase the nature around it. With its many avian-friendly features, the park seeks to restore some of the bird habitats that have been lost due to surrounding development. KAELYN CASSIDY - Oulanka Park has birdhouses for birds to nest in.

"What the community can expect from Oulanka is more of a focus on natural and native habitats, and habitat restoration and creation," Schull said.

Construction is still ongoing, Schull said. A shelter, informational signs, new landscaping and stormwater management will all be future additions to the park.


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