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Tualatin River
National Wildlife Refuge

 

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Long-billed dowitcher probing in shallow water.  Photo by Ed Bustya.Wildlife Observation

The patient observer will be rewarded with many wildlife viewing opportunities on the refuge.  Click here to learn more about refuge wildlife through the changing seasons.  For a great wildlife experience, use these tips.

 

 

Use Binoculars

Binoculars and spotting scopes allow you an up close look at wildlife without affecting their behavior.

Come Early or Stay Late

Early morning and dusk are the best times of the day to view wildlife.  Please note that the refuge is open from dawn to dusk.

Use Identification Guides

Use field guides to help you identify the wildlife and plant species that you may see or hear.  Download the refuge wildlife list.

Be Patient

Move slowly.  Quick movements and loud noises will frighten most wildlife away.  Try sitting quietly in one location.  Animals that have hidden may reappear after a short while.  Teach children quiet observation.  Other visitors will appreciate your consideration.

Be Aware

Pay attention to sounds and smells around you. Look for animal signs.  Tracks, scat, feathers, and chewed plants left behind often tell interesting stories.  But remember to leave these discoveries where you found them.

Be Respectful

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a place where wildlife comes first.  When visiting, always remember that you are a guest in their home.  For the protection of wildlife and their homes, visitors must stay on maintained trails.  Please, no off-trail use.

Observe wildlife from the sidelines and do not approach too closely. Don't offer snacks; your lunch could disrupt wild digestive systems.