West Eugene Wetlands

October 17, 2008

Eight of us began our walk at Meadowlark Prairie overlook on this overcast autumn morning. Moshe Rapaport, who recently relocated here from Hawaii, was astonished at the number of Canada geese migrating overhead—perhaps as many as one hundred, on two separate occasions. Having newcomers in our midst certainly deepens our appreciation for the tremendous diversity in the Northwest. Curiosity, rather than pace, prompted us to stop often to watch other birds, including great blue/grey herons in flight and on water, and what we believed to be a cormorant standing guard atop a weathered tree stump, near one of the shallow wetland pools. Crossing a bridge, we noted a sandpiper, poking its bill into soft mud for a meal. Enjoying the walk with Chris Cunningham were Moshe Rapaport, Lou Maenz, Norene Pergament, Joan Abel, Myron Cook, Margaret Prentice and Dick Hildreth.

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