West Eugene Wetlands

March 4, 2006

Nineteen of us enjoyed a brisk walk through Meadowlark Prairie in the West Eugene Wetlands on a remarkably sunny winter morning. Those who had not been to the area were impressed with the expansive scope of this nationally recognized restoration project. The chilly breeze at our backs kept us moving at a good clip from beginning to end, with just short breaks at Checkermallow Access to look through the viewscope, and two other spots, where we looked through binoculars or simply stood and listened to birdsong. Among the bird sightings: a great blue heron, a kestral, a bald eagle, a meadowlark, and, a multitude of robins. A variety of ducks and geese gathered at the numerous, shallow wetland pools. On our way back, we enjoyed a clear view of the snowcapped Sisters to the east.

Members: Max Brown, Jean Coberly, Chris Cunningham, Walt Dolliver, Maggie Gontrum, Tom Gould, Sam Houston, George Jobanek, Kitty Johnson, Doris Jones, Robert Jones, Jackie Lukowski, Pete Peterson, Julia Richardson, Peter Rodda and Vincenza Scarpaci. Nonmembers: Zela Andreski, Barbara Carter, Sue Meyers and Beth Noon.

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