This outing will be a fun two for one trip to the unique Finley National Wildlife Refuge north of Junction City. This Refuge is especially for the Dusky Geese, a sub-species of Canada Geese. The Duskies are the largest and the rarest of the 7 sub-species of Canada Geese and only winter here in Oregon in the Willamette Valley. Several other species of geese, swans, and ducks make this refuge their home for the cold part of the year. So, most of the trails in this large refuge are only open from April 1st till October 31.
In the morning we will join other volunteers removing scotch broom and other invasive plants for 2 hours from 10-12. This is a great chance to give back a little for all the joy we receive from the great out of doors we have here in Oregon.
Then we will have lunch at the new park headquarters and have time to ask the staff about the refuge.
After lunch we will hike a few of the marshes and ponds including Cabell, Beaver, and Cattail. This is hike will be about 4 miles downhill both ways. This is a very easy hike for all ages. My wife and I saw a family of river otters last time we hiked this area. There are beaver, beaver dams, eagles, bears, and elk at this refuge.
The staff asks us to come prepared with gloves, hat, sturdy shoes, water bottles, long-sleeved shirts and a smile. An important note: Since this is a wildlife refuge no dogs other than official service dogs are allowed.
We ask you bring your cameras, binoculars, sketch books, water bottles, good walking shoes, rain gear, and curiosity.
(For those who do not use MeetUp Contact leader: Lon Otterby,[masked] or [masked] for RSVP.) This outing will be limited to 20 participants.
About us: The Many Rivers Group is affiliated with State and National Sierra Club organizations. The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organization in the country, with nearly a million members and supporters nationwide. The Many Rivers Group is an all-volunteer organization that represents Sierra Club members in Douglas, Coos, and Lane counties. Please let us know us if you would like to join our our conservation and environmental protection efforts.