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Bird Walk: McNary Dam Nature Trails and Ponds
Saturday 11 January 2020, 08:00am
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  • Join Rich Barchet at 8:00 AM at the posted West Parking Area on the Oregon side of the river.
    If you’d like to carpool, meet at 7:30 AM the Southridge Sports Complex parking lot directly west of the Roaster Coffee shop (don’t park there) on Hildebrand Blvd, just off of US-395. Once at McNary Dam, follow 3rd Street west from the Fish Viewing Room at the base of the dam to the parking area approximately ½ mile away.

    On previous walks we saw more than 50 species and leisurely walked 3 miles over about 4 hours. Don’t worry about walking that far or spending that much time. The trails we take double back and you are able to leave the group at any time. Remember that on cold days the Nature Area at the base of McNary Dam, due to the lay of the land, can be warmer than the surrounding area.

    We will slowly walk the prepared trails and visit many of the 9 ponds. We should see a variety of water birds, raptors, sparrows, warblers and migrants in the varied habitats created in the nature area. We hope to see one or more of the resident California Scrub Jays and Black-crowned Night-Herons that frequent the area. Maps are available of the trails and ponds at the parking areas if you go at a different date and want to walk on your own. We highly recommend this area for beginning birder through those with years of experience. This area is an ecological wonderland with so much to offer.

    Bring snacks & water and even pack a lunch, At the end of the walk we will stop at the G&J Dairy Freeze in Umatilla to warm up and have lunch before heading back to Kennewick.

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