Audubon Birding Day: Willamette Valley Refuges – Finley
Join Brodie Cass Talbott for a trip to Finley National Wildlife Refuge, the first in a series of Audubon Birding Days exploring the Willamette Valley Refuge System, a haven for wintering waterfowl, and a sanctuary for imperiled oak savanna habitat.
The William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge was established in order to provide winter habitat for Dusky Cackling Geese, and after decades of careful management is now a thriving area for wintering waterfowl. We will explore this refuge, named after the founder of Portland Audubon, in depth, with stops along the way at local hotspots.
Bring lunch and dress for the weather!
We will meet at the Tualatin Park & Ride North off Lower Boones Ferry Rd. To get there from Portland, take the Lower Boones Ferry Rd exit off I-5, go west and then take a right (north) on SW 72nd Ave circling around the Village Inn. To access the parking lot, take a right in another 250 ft. The parking lot is between I-5 and the Village Inn. We will meet at the north end of the parking lot. You can also paste the GPS coordinates into your browser: 45.396777, -122.748438. Note that this lot is on the north side of Lower Boones Ferry Rd.