Bird watching on Gibbons Creek Wildlife Art Trail

Date: August 21, 2009
Distance: 2.8 miles
Elevation Gain: flat
Time: 1:30
Difficulty: Easy
Weather: warm & sunny
Maps:

I couldn't find any official maps of the trail, probably because it's so new. This is a photo of the sign at the trail head.

My Route: Around the loop and back. I went clockwise, which seems like an arbitrary choice. Next time I'll go counterclockwise so as to not be staring directly into the setting sun while walking on the not-shady dike trail for .6 miles.
Notes:
After visiting a nature preserve in California earlier this week, I've been thinking about birds. How convenient to have Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge close by for some after-work bird watching.
Steigerwald Lake

The trail is wide and flat and easy to walk on, allowing you to scan the sky and trees for birds without too much worry about tripping. They're calling this an "art trail", it's a variation on an interpretive trail, where instead of plain informational signage, there will be art installations along the trail providing relevant information to walkers. The art installations are not yet installed.
Wetlands near Redtale Lake

No dogs, bikes, running or jogging are allowed on this trail out of respect for the wildlife who live here. Portions of the trail (in red on the map above) are closed October-April.

Wildlife sitings: Red-tailed hawk, Mute swan, ducks (or bitterns, too far away to ID well), some kind of vulture and lots of smaller birds that I can't identify.
Grasslands

Trail Head:

View PDX Day Hiker in a larger map Restrooms at the trail head.
What I said about these trails before: Gibbons Creek Art Trail
Other resources for this and other nearby hikes:
Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Columbia River Gorge Stewards
Columbia River Images

This hike was part of Hike-A-Thon 2009, a fundraiser for Washington Trails Association. All my hike-a-thon posts are here. My fundraising page is here.

Have you been on this or a nearby trail? Please share your experience.

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