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Exploring The Intertwine: Birds and Beer at Fernhill Wetlands

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When: Oct 06, 2012 from 04:30 pm to 06:00 pm

Join Mike Houck of Portland Audubon, Eric Brattain of Friends of Fernhill Wetlands, and staff from Clean Water Services on a foray that combines birding and a tasting of McMenamin's newly released Fernhill Pale Ale.

Fernhill Wetlands at sunset - Clean Water Services
Fernhill Wetlands at sunset - Clean Water Services

Join Mike Houck of Portland Audubon, Eric Brattain of Friends of Fernhill Wetlands, and staff from Clean Water Services on a foray that combines birding and a tasting of McMenamin's newly released Fernhill Pale Ale. The trip celebrates both the inaugural release of Fernhill Pale Ale and improvements to one of the region's premier birding spots.

Efforts are afoot to connect the wetlands to trails along the Upper Tualatin River, Gale's Creek and, ultimately, to the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail. Recent improvements at Fernhill Wetlands include a new information kiosk, benches and -- at long last -- a restroom and picnic shelter. While these features are great for human visitors, the most exciting development impacts the wetlands' plant and animal residents: Clean Water Services' future creation of a world-class demonstration wetland, with water features designed by renowned landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu's to cool and aerate the water that spills into Fernhill Lake. 

Directions and travel information: Fernhill Wetlands are located on SW Fern Hill Road, just south of Forest Grove. Go to Forest Grove and continue south on Highway 47 past Forest Grove, crossing Highway 8 and in one-half mile turn left onto SW Fern Hill Road. Look for the parking lot on your left just south of the water treatment plant. Post-birding, we'll retire to McMenamins for Fernhill Pale Ale tasting. Bring binoculars, scopes, and dress for the weather. We go rain or shine. If you migrate to Fernhill from afar, keep an eye out for special overnight packages at the Grand Lodge.

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