Birds, bugs and beaver-look-a-likes at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Our visit to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge on June 23rd yielded some great experiences in nature for us: first time seeing nutria and some great encounters with bugs and birds (pictures). When looking at the nutria, Patrick was more engrossed with a beetle in his hand than looking at the swimming mammals, which prompted a woman nearby to say: “I guess a bug in your hand is worth more than five nutria in the water.” The refuge is very different in the summer than in the spring (here are some photos from our last visit in March for comparison).

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Dead mole, Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

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6 Responses to Birds, bugs and beaver-look-a-likes at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge

  1. Laura says:

    Lovely pictures! Very inspiring! I’ve been meaning to take Jasper there for months. I think I’ll do it today!

    Jasper is just the same way about a bug in the hand. I’m totally going to start saying, “Well, you know what they say, a bug in the hand is worth five nutria in the water” to people. It’s brilliant- English totally needs an expression to describe the concept that the more firsthand an experience is, the better.

    • darwinsbulldog says:

      Thanks, Laura. We’ve been there 4 or 5 times now, and really love it, especially how it looks so different in the spring versus summer versus fall. The views from the nature center are awesome too, and staff is very friendly to kids.

  2. Erin O. says:

    Hello there! I stumbled on your blog through another homeschooling blog, and have been following you ever since. I’m wondering what book you use to identify insects? All the best,
    Erin O.

    • darwinsbulldog says:

      Erin – we use a variety, but recently have been trying the Timber Press guide, in the second to last photo (but I am finding it not the best). We also use BugGuide (http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740), and since I upload my photos to Flickr, there’s a Flickr group to add insect photos to for others to help in identification.

      Thanks for following my blog!

  3. Great photos–tho I’d not fond of either nutrias or bullfrogs. LOVE the bug on the book shot! You may have said before, but which book is that?

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