Nestled along the northern banks of the Columbia River, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a marvelously rich wintering ground for dozens of bird species. Canada geese, great blue herons, various owls, numerous duck species, and a host of other birds are year-round residents, while sandhill cranes, various songbirds, and others visit this area during their annual migrations. With over 5,200 acres of marshes, grasslands, and woodlands, this area harbors a rich ecosystem abundant with mammals, amphibians, and reptiles beside the vast bird populations for which this refuge is known. Join Creation Encounter for a wonderful day exploring this biological menagerie! Binoculars are a must on this expedition. If you have a bird identification book, bring it along.
At 9:00 am we will be meeting at the Carty Creek Trailhead near the bathrooms. It may be cold, so come wearing many layers of clothes that can be shed as the day warms. For these day tours, Creation Encounter requests a donation of $25 per family or $15 for the individual, which can be payed in person on the day of the tour. Cash or checks made out to "John Hergenrather" will be fine. Unless you already have one, be prepared to pay the park for a $3.00 parking fee.