New Meetup: Picnic! Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, including Bald Eagles' Nest

From: Natanya
Sent on: Friday, May 1, 2009 5:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for PDX Metro Social and Friendship Network

What: Picnic! Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, including Bald Eagles' Nest

When: June 7,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Come out to one of the region's most important wetlands preserve: Jackson Bottom. We'll pick a trail (there is no elevation on the trails,) walk and then settle down for a picnic! Bring a brown bag lunch or picnic basket! This is a very easy hike so just dress according to the weather and consider sunscreen if needed. After our walk and picnic we'll head to the Educational Center to see the ONLY authentic Bald Eagle Nest permitted to be on display by the Federal Government.

This is a striking preserve where I've seen blue herons, literally thousands of migratory birds descend at once, and... a pair of abandoned pet guinea pigs (now placed in good homes.) You never know what you might see at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve! Visitors note their recent wildlife sightings on a white board outside of the Educational Center. Come see what Beaverton/Hillsboro looked like before it was developed! Enjoy the walk along the Tualatin River, fruit trees and blackberry brambles.

This meetup is CANCELLED if it's RAINING or recently rained and area is muddy (you'll receive a cancellation email if this happens.)

Learn all about wildlife preservation, water quality monitoring, the Educational Center and the Bald Eagle Nest at Jackson Bottom:
Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve
This site contains many striking photos from the park as well as a webcam.

Text that is in quotes below was copied and pasted from the Jackson Bottom website.

"The quiet open waters, rolling meadows and upland ash and fir woods are home to thousands of ducks and geese, deer, otters, beavers, herons and eagles. "

"Home to a variety of plants and animals, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is an ideal location for passive recreation including hiking, bird-watching, and animal tracking. The south end of the Preserve boasts over four miles of trails, open from dawn to dusk, from which hikers, families, and nature enthusiasts are welcome to discover and enjoy the region's diverse wildlife."

"Visitors and researchers can remotely control the pan, tilt and zoom. Viewers can observe nest site activity or count waterfowl on the wetland... The Wetlands Monitoring System started with a grant from Intel for an environmental monitoring system to collect information on weather, water quality, habitat and wildlife from the Preserve. The system is currently composed of a weather station, two continuous monitoring water quality stations and a remote video camera system."

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