National Wildlife Refuge
|10995 Hwy 22
Dallas, OR 97338 - 4882
Phone Number: 503-623-2749
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Continued . . . There are additional vehicle turnouts for wildlife viewing along Coville Road. The Baskett Butte trailhead on Coville road provides year-round access to the refuge trail system.
Best viewing times are early and late in the day. Your vehicle makes an excellent blind for viewing animals without disturbing them. During the winter waterfowl closure, please minimize disturbance to wildlife by observing them from designated viewing areas and hiking trails.
Songbirds start to migrate south in August, and flocks of geese begin to fill the skies in late September. Large numbers of black-tailed deer, and occasionally Roosevelt elk, can be observed from the refuge trail and in fields near the forested edge throughout the refuge. Sightings of migrating raptors increase in September. Rough-legged hawks arrive in October as turkey vultures depart.
Thousands of geese, ducks, and smaller numbers of swans can be seen grazing on refuge fields and within wetlands through the winter. Small numbers of bald eagles and the occasional peregrine falcon can be seen hunting the wintering flocks. Raptor sightings are common as resident birds are joined by migrants from farther north.
Pacific tree frogs start shrilling as temperatures begin to warm during February, and rough-skinned newts begin the overland trek to spawn in open water. Wintering waterfowl flocks start migrating north in March; shorebirds migrate through April. Songbird migration peaks in early May, coinciding with the height of spring wildflowers.
Broods of mallards appear in June, and occasionally, western pond turtles can be seen basking on logs. Lupines and other wildflowers cover refuge native grasslands, along the trail system, and along roadsides. Black-tailed deer appear with fawns, and an abundance of songbirds can be observed utilizing habitat along the trail system.
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