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Sauvie Island Wildlife Area

An island at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers consisting of riparian areas, wetlands, savannahs, pastures, and mixed woodlands.

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An island at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers consisting of riparian areas, wetlands, savannahs, pastures, and mixed woodlands.

Sauvie Island - tm

Location: The island is in both Columbia and Multnomah Counties approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Portland. It is bordered by the Willamette River to the south, Columbia River to the east and Multnomah Channel to the west.

Description: The Sauvie Island IBA includes two distinct parcels: the bulk of it is 12,000-acres of wetlands, savannah, cottonwood bottomlands, and upland Oregon White Oak forest managed by ODFW as a Wildlife Area.  On the southwest side of the island, Oregon State Parks owns and manages a 180-acre parcel that packs in nearly all of the native habitats found elsewhere on the island.

Ornithological Highlights: Of the 486 bird species found in Oregon, a remarkable 250 of these have been known to use Sauvie Island.  Over-wintering waterfowl can number in excess of 200,000 ducks, geese, and swans.  Autumn brings migrating Sandhill cranes, Snow geese, Tundra swans, Cackling and Canada geese.  Great Blue Heron and Osprey nest on the island, and Bald eagles both breed and congregate in winter along with wintering Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, Peregrine Falcons, and the less common Rough-legged Hawks and Merlin. Shorebird numbers have reached 30,000. Three species of birds once common and now rare or unusual on Sauvie Island include the Lewis Woodpecker, Western Meadowlark, and (Streaked) Horned Lark.

For more information on Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Sauvie Island - tm

Location: The island is in both Columbia and Multnomah Counties approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Portland. It is bordered by the Willamette River to the south, Columbia River to the east and Multnomah Channel to the west.

Description: The Sauvie Island IBA includes two distinct parcels: the bulk of it is 12,000-acres of wetlands, savannah, cottonwood bottomlands, and upland Oregon White Oak forest managed by ODFW as a Wildlife Area.  On the southwest side of the island, Oregon State Parks owns and manages a 180-acre parcel that packs in nearly all of the native habitats found elsewhere on the island.

Ornithological Highlights: Of the 486 bird species found in Oregon, a remarkable 250 of these have been known to use Sauvie Island.  Over-wintering waterfowl can number in excess of 200,000 ducks, geese, and swans.  Autumn brings migrating Sandhill cranes, Snow geese, Tundra swans, Cackling and Canada geese.  Great Blue Heron and Osprey nest on the island, and Bald eagles both breed and congregate in winter along with wintering Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Harriers, Peregrine Falcons, and the less common Rough-legged Hawks and Merlin. Shorebird numbers have reached 30,000. Three species of birds once common and now rare or unusual on Sauvie Island include the Lewis Woodpecker, Western Meadowlark, and (Streaked) Horned Lark.

For more information on Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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