Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fernhill Wetlands

Fernhill Wetlands is a definite hotspot for waterfowl.  Even without any special equipment you can see amazing birds.  This natural area is actually part of an experiment to filter treated waste water through a wetland rather than releasing it directly into a river. (The Oregon Garden is another.)  A series of ongoing major construction projects at Fernhill is scheduled to be completed next year.  In the short run, they must have caused huge disruptions to native wildlife populations, drying up and refilling most of the ponds. I suspect they killed off a lot of amphibians. But it's evident that their long range plans for the ecosystem are sweepingly positive, especially for the birds. And their admirers continue to flock there too.  
American widgeon.
Coot.
Northern pintails.
Northern shovelers.
Nutria.
Great blue heron.
Common merganser.
Mallard-domestic cross couple.
Egrets and Canada geese.
Northern pintails.
Female buffleheads.
Nutria.
Egret.
Canada geese.
Egret.

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