River Walk 2: Autzen-Knickerbocker Bridges

April 28, 2005

Six of us—perhaps this was a low turnout because this hike was not listed in the calendar—met and five of us learned a great deal from Rick Ahrens, Obsidian and naturalist. The wildflower display was remarkable and we learned a bit of wildflower lore. Birds also were observable and we saw many, including a goldfinch, (lesser or American) building a nest and later cliff swallows building apartments or condos. We saw Canada geese and goslings on the river islands and isolated ducks swam by us. We walked under the I-5 bridge to observe two herons’ nests in use. We were able to see two very large baby herons in one of them. We walked back along the canoe canal and through a remnant filbert grove.

Participants were: Rick Ahrens, Jean Coberly, Margo Fetz (leader), Bill Prentice, Margaret Prentice, Ginny Reich.

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