Pamplin Media Group – Kickstart the New Year with a getaway to the refuge
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge has a lot to offer as 2022 looms on the horizon.
Are you looking forward to the New Year with some trepidation? Shake up the sensation by taking a dose of nature every day. Visit your local park or come to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, home to nearly 200 species of birds, over 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a wide variety of insects, fish and wildlife. plants.
Listen to the hoarse cries of the crows and you may spot a red tailed hawk sitting in a nearby tree or spot raccoons sleeping in a tree. As you walk the trails, you will learn to identify the calls and songs of birds. You will begin to detect the rustling grass when a small rodent or a snake crosses your path. Your eyes will catch the movement of the butterfly blending into the vegetation.
Friends of the Shelter volunteers launched a pilot program this year at Greenway Elementary School in Beaverton. On the first Friday of each month, the Friends of the Refuge volunteers set up a bird watching station for the students. Volunteers provide spotting scopes, binoculars and monoculars for students to use during recess. Students keep track of all the birds they see. The program was well received by the students and each grade level had 10 to 12 students who chose bird watching over playtime.
Consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Refuge in 2022. The organization is a hardworking and diverse group of volunteers who have accomplished a lot. The members are caring people who enjoy sharing their knowledge, talents and love of nature. They help protect wildlife and habitat to ensure recreation for the future.
Over the past two years, the organization has secured more than $ 500,000 in funding to support the Chicken Creek Restoration Project and has allocated funds for 2019-2020 to restore two permanent wetlands in front of the center d reception of the refuge.
Membership includes a 10% discount in Nature’s Overlook store when it reopens or when you order merchandise online. You will also receive a monthly newsletter from the Friends of the Refuge informing you of everything that is happening at the refuge. Volunteer opportunities include attending refuge educational events and restoration projects, working in the nature store, roaming, assisting with biological monitoring and more. You can register online by credit card at friendsoftualatinrefuge.org by check to Nature’s Overlook when the store reopens.
Pam Farris is a volunteer for the Friends of the Refuge.
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