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).
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