Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer

Clatskanie, Washington

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Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer consists of 56,000 acres of tidal and freshwater wetlands, open fields, riparian zones, sloughs, and marshes. The varied habitat makes interesting birding. Stop at the refuge headquarters to take a close view of the sparrows and warblers that inhabit the shrubs along the edges of the slough. In recent years a Black Phoebe, a rare Washington visitor, has taken up winter residence near the center. Unless you walk the Center Road Trail, which is closed to automobiles and runs from the refuge center to the river, this is the closest you’ll get to a pond. Specialty birds: Tundra Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose; Greater Scaup; White-tailed Kite; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Blackbellied Plover; Bonaparte’s and Mew Gulls; Band-tailed Pigeon; Short-eared Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo; Purple Martin.

Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer Professional Review and Guide

"Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer consists of 56,000 acres of tidal and freshwater wetlands, open fields, riparian zones, sloughs, and marshes. The varied habitat makes interesting birding. Stop at the refuge headquarters to take a close view of the sparrows and warblers that inhabit the shrubs along the edges of the slough. In recent years a Black Phoebe, a rare Washington visitor, has taken up winter residence near the center. Unless you walk the Center Road Trail, which is closed to automobiles and runs from the refuge center to the river, this is the closest you’ll get to a pond.

Specialty birds: Tundra Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose; Greater Scaup; White-tailed Kite; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Blackbellied Plover; Bonaparte’s and Mew Gulls; Band-tailed Pigeon; Short-eared Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-breasted Sapsucker; Pacific-slope Flycatcher; Hutton’s Vireo; Purple Martin."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Clatskanie
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best fall and winter
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer

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