In the middle of my McMenamins Portland southwest suburbs pub crawl,
I took a detour to visit the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
along Oregon Route 99W
For about an hour and a half I hiked approximately two miles of winter trails at the Refuge. Along the way I saw lots of ducks and Canada geese,
a couple of great blue herons
and bald eagles,
and an American coot,
as well as some fellow human visitors.
Most of the Refuge is closed between October 1 and April 30 in order to “protect” the wildlife, which makes it quite difficult to fully appreciate the Refuge. There is only a single one-mile trail that is open all year long. Despite the restrictions, I very much enjoyed the little bit of the Refuge that I was allowed to experience.
During my 90-minute visit I took a total of 112 photos. The best 37, including a handful of cropped close-ups as well as a 13-image, 180° panorama, are presented in this album.