Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, Hillsboro

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Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States, is a 725acre wetlands area along the Tualatin River in Washington County, Oregon. Located on the south end of the city along Highway 219, this lowland area is a designated Important Bird Area and hosts such birds as buffleheads, dusky Canada geese, and tundra swans.HistoryThe Atfalati band of the Kalapuya people, who were the first inhabitants of the area, hunted and gathered in the area including hunting waterfowl and digging up camas roots. Then when European pioneers settled the area beginning in the 1830s farms were established in the area, with the wetlands area usually not being used due to the annual flooding. However, bridges were built across the river and steamboats plied the river before the railroads came to the valley.In 1910 the city of Hillsboro began using the Jackson Bottom area for water waste disposal. By the 1930s farmers in the community protested the water pollution that resulted from waste dumping into the river. Then in 1939 the city purchased part of the area and began using it as a sewer farm that produced a variety of produce and the city made some money off the venture. By the 1970s the city had acquired most of the land in that area, stopped using the farm, and let the area become grassland. Next, in 1980 the Jackson Bottom Coordinated Resource Management Plan was developed and the area was transformed into a wetlands area. In 1999, the wetlands received a National Wetlands Award for Education and Outreach from the Environmental Law Institute. Cougar sightings in June 2014 closed trails on several occasions.
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  • July 10, 2017
    This is a 600 acre park located south of Hillsboro on Hillsboro Highway. Here you can enjoy getting out into nature and watch several different species of birds. Ospreys are nesting right now which is...  more »
  • June 29, 2017
    This is a free excursion. Plan on going in the am or very late to see the most birds and mammals. Wear light tan clothing and be quiet so you might see some mammals. Also bring another pair of shoes f...  more »
  • January 8, 2017
    Brought our Canadian friends here to see the "Eagle's Nest" on a frigid January day. But still worth the trip to snoop around the "Educational Center". Did go outside and spotted a "Bushtit" nest whic...  more »
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  • April 19, 2017
    Thank you for your graciousness and openness to the St. Paul School District and our 45 student's on April 12th! Even with the communication lapse and all that was to be going on later that day for you, we were made to feel most welcome. What a wonderful resource for the community and a great place to visit!
  • April 19, 2017
    Excellent facility and amazing trails. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have a real eagle nest inside on display with up close detail!
  • April 4, 2017
    Nice packed trail, restroom available, learning center. I haven't finished the trail because of flooding but it looks beautiful.
  • April 9, 2017
    Update... went with kids today and found it was closed during open hours... Just a quick stop to survey, will come back with kids for a walk later...
  • June 20, 2017
    Well maintained trails and a variety of wild life to spot!

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