Eugene Wetlands

Friday, January 20, 2012
Leader: Chris Cunningham
Hike: 4 miles (Easy)

It seemed as though the rain wouldn’t let up this past week and that it might have been prudent to cancel. But the eleven of us who walked 4 miles along the West Eugene Wetlands trail were glad we didn’t, because the rain actually subsided while we were out. We began at the Meadowlark Prairie Overlook, noting that the wetlands held more vernal pools than ever after the recent rain storm. There were no birders among us to identify all we viewed, but we noted red-winged blackbirds, a heron and mallards and thought we might have seen a short-eared owl perched in a distant tree, and maybe a Cormorant or two. We walked through the soggy Willamette Daisy meadows and past the Tsanchiifin Walk, continuing to the WREN Education Center and yurt--the two-mile mark--before we walked back to the Meadowlark parking lot. Our amiable group included four non-members, who we hope to see again.

Members: Chris Cunningham, Laurie Marshall, Joanne Ledet, Suzanne Steussy, Margaret Prentice, Barbara Sutherland, Marlene Drescher. Nonmembers: Mike Piehl, Denise Cox, James Lavagnino, Barbara Dumesnil.

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