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      Salem Audubon Birding: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge in Jefferson

      • Salem Audubon Birding:  Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge Photo #1
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      May 26, 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

      This refuge is a spectacular birding spot in May due to the availability of water in back ponds, ditches, and fields. This is the home of returning and nesting American Bitterns, Green Herons, and Soras. The interior of the refuge is now open, and we will walk the loop for sparrows and migrant arrivals like Yellow-breasted Chats, flycatchers and warblers. Pullouts are valued for hedgerows, ditches and thick shrubs. Grassy brush areas are productive for songbirds and woodpeckers. Oak stands, snags and woodland areas can yield raptor nesting, and arriving grosbeaks, vireos, flycatchers, warblers, and swallows are all beginning the nesting process.

      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 -

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