Finley Wildlife Refuge

April 15, 1989

Our first stop at the Refuge was at McFadden’s Marsh. Here we were delighted to meet an LCC instructor and his class studying the birds. With his help we were able to identify many species of birds — ducks, geese, cinnamon teal, dowitchers, dunling, coots, red-winged blackbirds, etc. Next a visit to the historic Fiechter House, the Red Barn, Park Headquarters and Cabell Marsh. Lunch was at the picnic stop along the Woodpecker Loop. Here we enjoyed the view of the Refuge and the surrounding farmlands. Spring shrubs and wildflowers were abundant — serviceberry, flowering current, iris, fawn lilies, shooting star, lady slipper and others. The special lush green Maple Knoll Trail had more trees and branches across the path this year; this trail is not maintained because of lack of funds. We parked cars at the Display Pond and hiked the 4-mile Hill Loop Trail, across Grey Creek Swap, over Maple Knoll and back by the Beaver Pond to the cars. We left for Eugene by the west entrance through Bellfountain to Monroe. A pleasant day and hike for Klaas van Asselt, Ben Elros, Sylvia Harvey, Doreen Jones, Loretta McCauley, Carrie McClish, Jim and Yolanda Moon, Barbara Spencer, Harriet Spitler, Elaine Yost and leader Dot Leland.

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