Ca-caw! Hoot hoot! Tweet tweet! No matter how we say it, the May 18 Tualatin River Bird Festival at Sherwood’s Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is coming. Novice and veteran wildlife watchers love this event, which will only be heightened by our itinerary for it.
Friday, May 17
The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport is excited to host attendees of the Tualatin River Bird Festival. Near the hotel is Cabela’s World’s Forestry Outfitter for last minute, tax-free outdoor gear. You can go directly from buying your outdoor gear to using it on the newly opened Tualatin River Greenway Trail. Located directly behind Cabela’s, the bicycle and walking path includes a “walk through time” with interpretive panels and cast fossils that provide information about the area’s Ice Age mammals and early settlers.
After your walk or ride, head to Twigs Bistro for artichoke frites and one of the restaurant’s signature martinis—there are over three dozen to choose from!
Saturday, May 18
5:30 a.m. Guided Birding Trail
Meet the early birds via a guided walk-and-talk with a local expert. Watch the world and all of its wonderful creatures wake-up and begin the day. If 5:30 a.m. is too early for you, then there are encore walks at 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.
7:30 a.m. A Buzz of Your Own
That’s not a buzzing bee, it’s you getting your coffee fix at Sherwood’s Symposium Coffee and its baristas that have that magic latte touch.
10:00 a.m. Build a Bird House
Your time with birds doesn’t have to end today. Build an inviting bird house to take home so that birds local to your neighborhood will choose your garden as their own home. Materials for bee boards and bat houses will be available, too!
Noon: Feed Time
No worms for you! Head to Fat Milo’s Family Kitchen for biscuits and gravy—you’ll need the sustenance for the afternoon.
Rest of the Day: Festival Time!
Take full advantage of the Tualatin River Bird Festival and its decoy painting, archery skill building, guided nature walks and more. What will you do first?
7 p.m. Dinner
Rally for dinner at Tree’s Restaurant. The treehouse-like setting fits into your day exploring the lush Tualatin Valley. Plus, the perfectly spiced Creole cuisine is awesome.
No matter when you visit, there are endless ways to explore nature and wildlife in the Tualatin Valley. Tweet us your travels with the #tualatinvalley hashtag!