Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge
Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge Review
This sanctuary for indigenous and migrating birds, waterfowl, and mammals is in Sherwood (about 12 miles south of downtown Portland). It is one of only a handful of national urban refuges in the United States and has restored much of the natural landscape common to western Oregon prior to human settlement. The refuge is home to nearly 200 species of birds, 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and amphibians, and a variety of insects, fish, and plants. It features an interpretive center, a gift shop, photography blinds, and restrooms. This restoration has attracted animals back to the area in great numbers, and with a keen eye, birders and animal watchers can catch a glimpse of these creatures year-round. In May the refuge hosts its Migratory Songbird Festival.
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