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Fern Ridge Reservoir

Fern Ridge Reservoir is a U. S. Corps of Engineers flood control project encompassing more than 12,000 acres. The lake and surrounding marshlands provide unique habitats attracting a variety of bird species.

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Fern Ridge Reservoir is a U. S. Corps of Engineers flood control project encompassing more than 12,000 acres. The lake and surrounding marshlands provide unique habitats attracting a variety of bird species.

Location: In the southern Willamette Valley, about 7 miles west of Eugene, Lane County.

Description: Fern Ridge Dam and Reservoir is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of a system of thirteen multipurpose dams and reservoirs that make up the Willamette Valley Project. These 12,000 acres of lake and surrounding marshlands provide unique habitats attracting a variety of bird species.

Ornithological Highlights: Fern Ridge provides important breeding habitat for a small colony of Black Terns, marsh birds such as rails and bitterns, a variety of waterfowl, and a few shorebirds. Wintering and migrant populations making use of this site include Tundra Swan, Dusky Canada Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Northern Pintail, Great Egret, Ring-billed Gull, and several shorebirds. The following sensitive songbird species also utilize Fern Ridge: Purple Martin, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Meadowlark, Willow Flycatcher, Western Bluebird, and Grasshopper Sparrow.

For more information on Fern Ridge, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Location: In the southern Willamette Valley, about 7 miles west of Eugene, Lane County.

Description: Fern Ridge Dam and Reservoir is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of a system of thirteen multipurpose dams and reservoirs that make up the Willamette Valley Project. These 12,000 acres of lake and surrounding marshlands provide unique habitats attracting a variety of bird species.

Ornithological Highlights: Fern Ridge provides important breeding habitat for a small colony of Black Terns, marsh birds such as rails and bitterns, a variety of waterfowl, and a few shorebirds. Wintering and migrant populations making use of this site include Tundra Swan, Dusky Canada Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Northern Pintail, Great Egret, Ring-billed Gull, and several shorebirds. The following sensitive songbird species also utilize Fern Ridge: Purple Martin, Yellow-breasted Chat, Western Meadowlark, Willow Flycatcher, Western Bluebird, and Grasshopper Sparrow.

For more information on Fern Ridge, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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