TheIntertwine.org — a handy online guide to Portland’s regional network of parks, trails and natural areas — highlights a wide range of visitor-friendly outdoor experiences. Here’s an excerpt of one such experience, submitted by our friend Sylke Neal-Finnegan of the Washington County Visitors Association. Enjoy.
Exploring the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Located in the serene suburbs on the outskirts of Sherwood, the Refuge is aptly named for the river that flows through it, providing habitat to more than 250 species of birds, mammals and insects. Once in the Refuge, I feel far removed from human civilization, and the atmosphere is eerily peaceful. With three distinct habitats along a one-mile paved walking trail, the Refuge is a great spot for wildlife and bird watching.