Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Sherwood

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The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a wetlands and lowlands sanctuary in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Oregon. Established in 1992 and opened to the public in 2006, it is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Located in southeastern Washington County, 15mi southwest of Portland, the refuge is bordered by Sherwood, Tualatin and Tigard. A newer area, extending into northern Yamhill County, is located further west near the city of Gaston surrounding the former Wapato Lake.Part of the network of National Wildlife Refuges (NWR), the Tualatin River refuge is one of only ten urban refuges in the United States. Habitats in the refuge include forested areas, wetlands, oak and pine grassland, and meadows, with mixed deciduous and coniferous forests common to Western Oregon. The refuge was established as an urban refuge to provide wetland, riparian, and upland habitats for a variety of migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, fish and other resident wildlife. The refuge is home to nearly 200 bird species and more than 70 other animal species.A visitor center with exhibits and information about the refuge was opened in 2008 off of Oregon Route 99W near Sherwood in the Portland metropolitan area. Next to the center is the refuge's headquarters and an observation deck overlooking seasonal ponds. The refuge has nearly five miles of wildlife interpretive trails open to the public. Up to 50,000 waterfowl can be seen at the refuge during the winter months when officials flood portions of the refuge.
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  • took out of town guests on a walking tour of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Even my 75 year old father-in-law had a good time and was able to walk on the (many) flat paths easily. the pa...  more »
  • Just north of Sherwood and off 99W, this seems like an unlikely location for a nature walk. However, we found this to be a great spot to walk and observe wildlife. The visitor center was open and volu...  more »
  • The is a short drive from downtown Portland. The parking is free and the staff were knowledgeable and went above and beyond. The pathways are easy to walk and lots of opportunities to see the American...  more »
  • Open 365 days a year, the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge features excellent trails rain or shine and any time of year. There is always something new to see. Certain areas of the national wildlife refuge are off-limits from October through March, the traditional migration and nesting time. The informative Wildlife Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, and has an indoor viewing area with telescopes for viewing a variety of wildlife, including an eagle nesting area. Friendly staff will tell you what you can see during the day you visit, and can answer your questions. There is a group meeting and lunch area for field trips near the parking lot. Take along your camera and binoculars, and wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes. The complex features five habitats and an Observation Deck. There is a wildlife photography blind available by reservation only.
  • Such a beautiful place with kind, knowledgeable staff and volunteers. A true treasure of our community! This trip we saw a flock of 1,000+ Canadian Geese, a Bald Eagle, a Pileated Woodpecker and tons of interesting larvae as part of a volunteer-run pond study. We've also seen toads and turtles during past visits. I highly recommend it!
  • AMAZING place to stroll, walk the trails, enjoy the trees and fresh air! LOTS of migratory birds to view as well. The trails are very easy to manage, mostly paved, not a long haul...plan on spending 1-2 hours. No dogs allowed as this is a wildlife preserve.
  • Wonderful place for family to take their kids to get away for an afternoon great place for kids to learn about wildlife I give it a 10 out of 10 and the guy Bob builds the bird houses is a wonderful man
  • Such an incredible resource. They have very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful staff/ volunteers. There's a cute little gift shop. Beautiful setting! Lots of super interesting educational exhibits and literature.

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