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Ridgefield Refuge is one of four national wildlife refuges, along with Steigerwald Lake, Pierce, and Franz Lake, that are located along the lower Columbia River in Washington. A local wildlife photographer finds the rewards of the Refuge's Discovery Auto Tour.
Portland's reputation as a "green" metropolitan area is confirmed by a remarkable array of birding sites, offering a chance to find nearly every species of bird that regularly occurs in the Willamette Valley. From the Willamette River confluence east to the Sandy River Delta, the mighty Columbia River and nearby lakes and wetlands offer you views of magnificent wildlife.