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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.
Cooper Mountain Nature Park is a natural bridge between dense urban landscapes to the north and agricultural lands to the south. Its 231 acres and Nature House are home to tours and classes throughout the year. Three miles of trails traverse the park, passing through varying habitats and offering views of the Chehalem Mountains.
The Sandy River is one of only a handful of Oregon waterways whose entire lengths have been declared navigable — from its headwaters on Mount Hood’s Reid Glacier to its entry into the Columbia River just east of Portland. Portland Monthly shows us how to enjoy the closest wild and scenic river to Portland.