Birdwatching at our Wetlands of Wonder
Hark! What’s that? I do believe it is the sound of birds calling you to the Tualatin Valley! Whether you’d like to try bird watching or you’re already a bona fide expert, the Tualatin Valley is the place to be for a winter birding trip. From wetlands dotted with birds to biking trails through forested areas, our outdoor opportunities satisfy every visitor. Plan a full day of wildlife watching with us.
Start the day at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, home to nearly 200 species of birds, more than 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a variety of insects, fish and plants. Explore the Wildlife Center, nature store and the one-mile trail that meanders through the refuge, providing great photography opportunities along the way.
Next, migrate to Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, a 725-acre wildlife preserve with 4.5 miles of trails, wildlife viewing blinds and picture-perfect views. Visitors also enjoy the 12,000-square-foot education center, which has hands-on exhibits and an authentic bald eagle’s nest recovered from the wild. The attraction also houses a nature store and expansive deck with views overlooking the preserve’s acreage.
Catch the last hours of sunlight at Fernhill Wetlands, where round-headed American Wigeons bob in the water and Great Blue Herons will calmly nestle themselves into the wetlands’ marshes. How many birds can you spot off of Fernhill Wetlands’ check-off list?
Despite requiring a few extra layers of clothing, winter is a fantastic time to bird watch in the Tualatin Valley. With less foliage, birds and their tracks are easier to identify. As the temperature continues to drop, many bird species begin to congregate together in a mixed flock as resources become less bountiful. The result? A chance to see multiple types of birds in one stunning moment.