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      Salem Audubon Birding: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson

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      April 21, 2019

      Sunday   7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

      2301 Wintel Road South
      Jefferson, Oregon 97352

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      Salem Audubon Birding: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

      April is an exciting time with the spring opening of the refuge gates, allowing passage to berm access for birders to the back ponds and hedgerows. These are signature areas for shorebird, warbler and flycatcher arrivals. There has been plenty of water and the refuge has had interesting visitors, including Tundra Swans, Merlins, Peregrine Falcons, wintering hawks, Northern Harriers and young Bald Eagles demonstrating practice in honing their hunting tactics for prey. High numbers of winter waterfowl visitors have included Northern Pintail, Northern Shovelers, Green-wing Teal, smaller numbers of Ruddy Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks, scaup and Canada and Cackling Geese. Now is a time of change, and other visitors will arrive while some waterfowl will be leaving for prairie pothole nesting. In Aprils past we have seen nuptial displays by American Bitterns, and we will be looking and listening for returning water birds like Soras and Wilson’s Snipe that nest here. Join us to see sightings as we walk the waterway berms.

      Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking area at 7:00 AM. This will be the only accessible portable restroom stop. Wear footwear for walking uneven trails. Bring water and snacks. We will plan to finish by 11:00 AM.

      Directions –From Salem, take I-5 south to the Ankeny Hill Rd exit (Exit 243), and turn right (west). At the Ankeny Hill Road/Wintel Rd intersection go straight (south) on Wintel and continue about 3 miles to the Pintail Marsh parking lot. You will pass by the Rail Trail on your left, with a sign that sits low; continue and look on your left for the landmark sign “SEASONAL PHOTO BLIND”. The unmarked parking lot is on your right. (If you get to the railroad crossing you just missed it.) Or, follow Liberty Rd south to Ankeny Hill Rd, turn left and follow Ankeny to Wintel Rd, then turn right and follow the directions above.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: University & Alumni | Outdoors & Recreation

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