Painted Turtle walk with Metro naturalist James Davis

Catherine took Patrick to Smith and Bybee Wetlands in north Portland on Saturday for a nature walk to find Western Painted Turtles. Metro naturalist James Luther Davis, author of The Northwest Nature Guide: Where to Go and What to See Month by Month in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, led the walk and set up spotting scopes to use. He was not expecting to see any turtles as none had yet been spotted this season, but he was surprised to find many. Catherine said they saw about forty, plus scores of garter snakes, an Osprey, and a Great Blue Heron, a dead mole with beetles on the carcass, and coyote dung (Davis I guess had to ask Patrick not to touch the animal bones that were in the dung). Batteries in the camera died, but Catherine still took some great shots:

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Portland, OR

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Portland, OR

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Portland, OR

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Portland, OR

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Portland, OR

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Portland, OR

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Portland, OR

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Portland, OR

Patrick was turtle-crazed for the rest of the day:

Painted Turtle Walk at Smith and Bybee Wetlands, Portland, OR

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