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      Salem Audubon Birding: Minto Brown Island Park in Salem

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      March 1, 2020

      Sunday   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      2200 Minto Island Road Southwest
      Salem, Oregon 97302

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      Salem Audubon Birding: Minto Brown Island Park

      This large Salem City Park provides access to a variety of habitat year-round, attracting birds and other wildlife. The connection of the Peter Courtney Bridge from the city of Salem to the north Conservation basin of Minto-Brown Park gives additional opportunity for winter visitors to be viewed, from the bridge to the water and field ponds. Return of good rains have brought the river level up and saturated the fields and oxbow areas. From parking lot #3 a variety of birding loops begin. Leafless woodland trees have allowed good viewing of winter birds, cavities for woodland nesters, and remaining large nests.

      Two highlights are occurring in the park as this is written in February. A pair of Bald Eagles have been identified, by Ranger Mike Zieker, building a nest in the park. Protection of the nest area from human disturbance is now in place, assuring the peace the birds require to raise a family. The protection will be done by closing part of a walk loop, and there will be a viewing station established, manned by trained volunteers.

      The second highlight for March is the Osprey nest platform, as we wait with anticipation for the Osprey pair to return and rebuild. These raptors winter in Venezuela, Chili, or Argentina, and return to meet again, mate, and raise a family.

      Please stay away from closed areas, and adhere to the permitted trails around these birds.

      Restoration areas in the Park are becoming more mature, providing cover and food for birds and animals. Into March, Anna’s Hummingbirds, Brown Creepers, Bushtits, American Robins, Bewick’s and Pacific Wrens, Spotted Towhees, nuthatches and chickadees are announcing spring with their song and behavior. Bewick’s Wrens can be one of the earliest soliciting songsters, nesting in wet, but protected tree roots in February. Other birds are seeking cavities, and Anna’s are using lichen and spider webs as nest material. Cavity openings in the numerous snags provide homes to birds such as small owls, American Kestrels, 5 woodpecker species and Wood Ducks. We have been successful at identifying Wood Ducks going to snag openings over water. Join us to enjoy these seasonal changes.

      Meet at 9:00 AM at parking lot #3 (the last parking lot in the park). Dress for the weather, bring snacks and water, and wear appropriate footwear for uneven trails and considerable walking. We will plan to finish by noon. NOTE: Be aware that there have been several cars broken into in the parking lot in the past few months, so don’t leave anything of value in your car while on the walk.

      Directions: From River Road S, turn west at the signal at Minto Island Road and proceed to the last parking lot.

      Cost: Free -

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