Fern Ridge Bike Path

March 13, 2003

At 5:30 a.m. when the wind and rain were fierce and the power went out, I wondered how much fun this hike would be. When we gathered at City View and West 11th at 9:15, all of us were surprised that it wasn’t raining. A Register Guard photographer snapped away while twelve of us boarded Bus #43 to take the short trip to Danebo and Roosevelt. Register Guard reporter, Mike Stahlberg accompanied us so that he could use our hike as a springboard for an article on urban hikes. He hiked with us through wetlands on the new path to the Meadowlark Prairie Overlook. Rick Ahrens identified birds and told us about the restoration project. The photographer caught up with us at three places to take more photographs.

When the fast hikers stopped to wait for Rick to identify a big white bird, we realized that we were missing many bird songs and wildlife. The hike stopper was a Big White Goose. Other birds that Rick identified were Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Green-winged Teal, American Wigeon, (one) Eurasian Wigeon, Western Meadowlark, Northern Pintail, Mallard, Canada Geese (several subspecies), Killdeer, Great Egret, and Great Blue Heron.

On the way back, we stopped at the Tsanchiifin Walk and the Red House, the BLM education center. We were back at City View by 1:10, tired and hungry. It was a great hike. Thanks to Rick, we saw and learned more about the wetlands. Giselle Garrity will be leading the Fern Ridge Path hike on May 21st. If you want to only walk in the new section, drive to the lookout on Greenhill Road where you can park your car. The best map is the Eugene Springfield Bicycle Map or the West Eugene Wetlands Guide available at the Red House.

Hikers were Rick Ahrens, Ann-Marie Askew, Giselle Garrity, Kitson Graham, Marshall Kandell, Norma Lockyear, Sharon Ritchie, Denny and Jeannie Schmidt, Mike Stahlberg, Sheila Ward and Janet Jacobsen, leader.

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