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Bird Festival Events

Join us for diverse family-friendly activities celebrating wildlife and wild places. All events at the Refuge are FREE!
 
   

 

Upcoming events

    • May 20, 2017
    • 5:30 AM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    photo of Ted BuergerTed's Walk will leave promptly at 5:30 AM. Be sure to allow enough time from the off site parking and bus ride to be on the Refuge by 5:30. The bus will leave the off site parking lot at 5:20AM.

    Ted has been leading bird walks at the refuge for more than 15 years and enjoys sharing his interest in birds with others.

     

    About Ted
    Since 2000, Ted has been the manager of the Environmental Contaminants Division at the USFWS’s Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office in Portland, which is the Ecological Services program field office for Oregon. The Environmental Contaminants Division is responsible for identifying sources of pollution, investigating pollution effects on fish and wildlife and their habitats, developing solutions to environmental contaminant problems to prevent or minimize adverse impacts, and partnering with others to help restore resources and habitats degraded by pollution. Ted started with the USFWS in 1994 as an Environmental Contaminants Specialist and his job duties included conducting environmental contaminant surveys on lands proposed for inclusion in refuges; he conducted the survey on the Steinborn dairy property, which today makes up the majority of the Atfalat’i Unit at Tualatin River NWR.

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 6:00 AM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    Jeff's walk begins promptly at 6AM and leaves from the trailhead. Walks can generally last a few hours, but the pace is set by those attending.

    While all aspects of nature have long been of great interest to Jeff, birds hold the central focus for exploring the outdoors. Planning for vacations always seems to start with what birds could be potentially seen and would any of them be “life” birds. Jeff has led bird walks on the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge for over twelve years as part of the annual migratory bird week. Jeff enjoys pointing out the many bird species that occur in our area that seem to go unnoticed by the majority of the public.

    About Jeff
    Jeff is a fish and wildlife biologist who works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office in Portland, Oregon. Jeff has spent the last ten years as the recovery coordinator for most of Oregon. His job entails working on the conservation and recovery of listed and candidate species through the implementation of recovery plans, partnerships, and restoration of native habitats. Previous to this, Jeff spent eight years as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s lead in the Deschutes Basin for Northwest Forest Plan issues (northern spotted owl) and resource management issues in Central Oregon (Interior Basin).

    Jeff majored in Wildlife Management at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Forestry (BSF) and afterwards, obtained a Master’s of Science (MS) in Wildlife Ecology at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 6:30 AM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    David's walk will depart promptly at 6:30 from the year-round trailhead. Walks can generally last for a few hours, but the pace is set by those attending.

    David Leal has been a wildlife biologist with the Federal Government for 24 years and with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 20 years. Currently, David works in a share position working primarily with the Western Golden Eagle Team developing conservation tools for eagles and renewable energy development.

    David has a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University and M.S. in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University. His thesis involved bird and habitat associations in the Rio Grande riparian corridor of New Mexico.    

    standing in an eagle's nest 

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    While you’re at the Festival, be sure to visit the Wildlife Center to view the wonderful exhibits and learn about the history and people of the Tualatin River Valley. 

    Shop at Nature’s Overlook store for those special and unique gift items. The store is stocked with books, gifts, clothing, toys and games – all selected to help you enjoy and learn about the Refuge and its inhabitants. You will find the perfect item for yourself or as gifts for others. 

    The Wildlife Center and store will be open for extended hours during the Festival.

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    Have you wondered what tools and techniques refuge staff use to restore and conserve habitats? Go "behind the scenes" with Refuge Fish & Wildlife staff and Friends Naturalist to learn the art of landscape conservation on a national wildlife refuge. Thanks to our partner, Baggenstos Farms, for the use of the Conestoga wagons.

    Wagons will depart from the Refuge parking lot near the environmental education shelter every 30 minutes. The wagons will make 3 stops along the way. Feel free to stay on for the entire loop or you can depart at any of the stops and walk back, or see if there is room on another wagon. Estimate trip time is one hour.

    The last wagon will leave at 3:00PM

    No registration is required but there is limited seating on each wagon.

     

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    Youth ages 5 through 13 are invited to join Ducks Unlimited in a fun and educational decoy painting activity while learning about waterfowl species that live in the Pacific Northwest. Parent participation is required. All supplies are provided; participants may take their finished project home (one per child). There is no charge for this activity, but runs only while supplies last. 

    Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140


    Join trained staff from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and try your hand at archery.

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    Gyotaku pronounced Ghee-oh-Tah-koo, from Gyo – “fish” and taku – “rubbing”. As long ago as the 1800's Japanese fisherman used Gyotaku to record their catch. Now it’s an artform practiced all around the world. Try your hand at this ancient art and have a beautiful print to take home with you. Fun for all ages!

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    Fish are an important part of our river’s ecosystem and, for some people, an important part of outdoor sports. Great blue herons and ospreys are masters at catching fish. Try your hand casting a fishing rod. How many times out of 10 can you cast your bobber into the target’s hole?

     

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    Don’t forget to stop by the tank full of Pacific lamprey ammocoetes. That's just a fancy name for lamprey larva! You may catch these little guys swimming around before they dig deep into the mud.

     

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    What is that “squiggly little bug thing” in that pond? Stop by the Wetland Ponds study site and discover the small creatures that are a foundation of nature’s food webs. Wildlife such as dragonflies, worms, frogs, salamanders, and others get their start in life in a wetland pond.

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    Build a bird house that might be used by chickadees, nuthatches, wrens and others. Bats are great to have around; they eat more than their weight in mosquitos every day! Bees are the best pollinators!

    Build a bee board, a bird house, or a bat house to take home. We have all the materials and the tools, all you need to do is come and assemble it. All ages and abilities are welcome.

    This event is free, but donations are appreciated.

     Limited to building one item per person.

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140 -- Discovery Room

    Bring your kids—young and old—for hands-on activities and take-home crafts that will teach you more about the nature around you. Activities are fun, engaging, and spark a sense of discovery and wonder for the child in all of us.

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140

    Come and meet Audubon’s education birds up close and personal. Learn how they came to be at Audubon and what makes their species unique. In other words, what makes owls and falcons such amazing hunters, why vultures are called "Nature’s Recyclers", and why ravens are so adaptable to the world around them. Audubon Live Bird Show will be on the main stage under the City of Sherwood tent.

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    • May 20, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • 19255 SW Pacific Hwy, Sherwood OR 97140
    Meet and greet! The birds and their handlers from the Live Bird Show will be available for one-on-one questions and viewing after their show on the main stage. Watch for them walking around the plaza.

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    19255 SW Pacific Hwy
    Sherwood OR 97140

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