Friday, April 22, 2016

Smith and Bybee

Western painted turtles.
Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area has one of the largest colonies of western painted turtles, and naturalists make an effort to tow logs by kayak to good spots near an overlook to create excellent basking spots.  As soon as the weather turns warm, the turtles come out.  We stopped by hoping to see them, and we were not disappointed. Smith and Bybee is also a destination for canoeing and kayaking, as well as bird watching. There is always something interesting to see any time of  year.

Garter snake.
Western painted turtle.
Western painted turtles.
Pied-billed grebe.
Cottonwood trees.
Oregon grape.

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