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.
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
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.
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.
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.