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Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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  • Female red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit
  • - Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit
  • The Coast Range is visible to the west from the viewing platform.- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit
  • The viewing platform west of the parking lot.- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit
  • - Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit
  • Large flocks of Canada geese are common in winter.- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit
  • - Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit
  • - Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit
  • The stand of oaks along the eastern edge of the Royal Amazon Unit.- Fern Ridge Wildlife Area, Royal Amazon Unit
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Pros: 
Great birdwatching. Extensive hiking trails. Great views.
Cons: 
None.
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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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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife manages the 5,010-acre Fern Ridge Wildlife Area primarily as a nesting and wintering sanctuary for waterfowl, shorebirds and other wetland species. The area under management surrounds Fern Ridge Reservoir and offers abundant opportunities for bird watching throughout the year in addition to hiking, canoeing, fishing and hunting opportunities. The Royal Amazon Unit, on the eastern shore, includes stands of oak, grasslands, copses of tall shrubs, and marshland habitat. The trails follow old road beds along levees that are great for running (or even cross country skiing after a rare valley snowfall). There is also a raised viewing platform west of the parking lot that is situated on the edge of a section of open water. In the winter, vast flocks of Canada Geese inhabit the area, providing a constant background soundtrack with their cacophony. Watch for gracefully hovering kites hunting for their next meal, and be sure to look for acorn woodpeckers in the stand of oaks on the eastern edge of this unit. Don't forget to bring your binoculars!

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