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Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit

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  • American avocet (Recurvirosta americana).- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • Black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus).- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • This is one of the larger ponds in the Fisher Butte Unit.- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • Male common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas).- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • Female common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas).- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • - Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • The view to the west toward Fern Ridge Reservoir.- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • Cedar waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus).- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • Black-necked stilt (Himantopus mexicanus).- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • American avocet (Recurvirosta americana).- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
  • Female red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Fisher Butte Unit
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Pros: 
Close to town. Great bird watching.
Cons: 
Winter closures are only posted at the trailhead, not online.
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Region:
Willamette Valley, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
ODFW Wildlife Area Parking Permit
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Fern Ridge Wildlife wetlands area is a large preserve that encompasses large portions of the shoreline of Fern Ridge Reservoir. The Fisher Butte Unit, on the southeastern shore of the reservoir, is a great place for bird watching. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plants seed crops here to attract over wintering waterfowl. In addition, there are a number of canals and shallow lagoons that attract various species year round. This unit is open for hunting in the fall and also has seasonal closures during winter and early spring. Unfortunately, the ODFW website does not stay current with the signs at the trailhead parking lot, so you will have to check at the trailhead or call the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area headquarters during business hours (541.935.2591) to learn of any closures.

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