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Fernhill Wetlands

This 243 acre wetland area is a must-see for bird watchers.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles / 1.9 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview: The Audubon Society of Portland recognizes this area as a popular place to see a variety of Pacific Northwest bird species. There is usually plenty of parking and a nice gravel path circling the northern wetland pond provides bird watchers the opportunity to view the wildlife up close. Make sure to bring a good zoom lens and binoculars.

Tips: Take highway 47 south out of Forest Grove and turn left onto Fern Hill Road for a quarter mile until you see the free parking lot on your left.

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Park here and make sure to read the informational sign about the wildlife you may see and the gravel trail you will follow around the wetland.


Here are some photos of some of the wildlife you may see in the area. There will be plenty of waterfowl if the wetlands aren't frozen and if you are lucky you may even see some birds of prey such as bald eagles, red-tailed hawks or peregrine falcons. When you reach the section of land between the two wetland areas ahead walk down it back to the parking area to get really upclose with the birds that may be out on the water.
Pictures in this guide taken by: Photo by Cindy Mc @ Flickr, available under a Creative Commons Attribution - 2.0 Generic License

Jonathan Ellinger

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