William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge

April 7, 1979

Again this year our visit to the Refuge was restricted to the western part so as not to disturb the geese in the area. We started out on a short hike behind the barn and through a burned over area. Here humming birds were darting around the brilliant wild flowering currant. Next we drove over to the Poison Oak Loop and then to the Display Pond where we had lunch. Our third short hike took us along the Gray Creek Nature Trail. On the way back to the cars we were surprised to see the Three Sisters in the distance. After we left the Refuge we drove through the southern end of the Refuge and saw a flock of geese near McFaddens Marsh. These dusky Canada geese will soon leave for their nesting grounds along the southeastern coast of Alaska.

It was a beautiful, warm spring day—nice group of people; a pleasant four mile hike. On the way home we stopped in Junction City and arrived in Eugene by 5:00 p.m. Spring hikers included Beth Abell, Alice Dart, Karen Houglum, Ellen Jackson, Ellen Kletzol, Aileen Lynam, Betty Metzler, Edythe Pearson, Lucille Senkel, Ethel Steussy, Collette Vivian, Bob Walden & leader Dot Leland.

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