Ridgeline Trail/Cascade Raptor Center

March 29, 2005

A light rain greeted the ten hikers who met at the Cascade Raptor Center to take a short walk along the Ridgeline Trail from Fox Hollow to Dillard Road and back. The trail was muddy but spirits were high as it was good to be out in this dense forest so close to home. Rick Ahrens graciously acted as the hike naturalist, pointing out calypso orchids by the dozens. A couple of the hikers commented that they had never seen so many orchids in one place before. Also on view were mariposa lily, fawn lily, spring beauty, hounds tongue, wild iris, Oregon grape, and English daisy. One stretch of trail was bordered by several blooming domestic cherry seedlings, conjuring visions of the hiker who, a few years ago, walked this same way, happily spitting pips, enjoying lunch-on-the-go. As we returned to the trail head the sun burst forth for our visit to the Cascade Raptor Center. This was a first visit for most of the hikers present—and one we want to repeat. The birds were all awake and many gave voice and aired their wings in the brief sunshine, quite a show for our delighted group. Rick was again a great fount of information on the resident birds of prey and the history of the center itself. The consensus of the group: a great hike and a morning well spent soaking up the nature that surrounds us. Hikers were Rick Ahrens, Jane Hackett, John Jacobsen, Marshal Kandell, Alice Nytray, Tom Revere, Bonnie Richman, Velma Shirk. The hike leaders were Jan Jacobsen and Barbara Revere.

—Barbara Revere

Bald eagles nesting area.

Bald Eagle

Drying off in the sun.

Whose eyeing who?

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