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Community event invites folks to flock to Tualatin River sanctuary in Sherwood

The community is invited to celebrate the diversity of wildlife on Saturday at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood.

People of all ages can participate in fun, educational activities that strengthen their connection with the natural world.

Early morning bird walks for birding enthusiasts begin at 5:30 a.m. From 9 a.m. to noon, Tualatin Riverkeepers will offer paddle trips on the river from the group's Tigard location at 11675 S.W. Hazelbrook Road. Visit tualatinriverbirdfestival.com or call 503-218-2580 to register.

Family activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the refuge. Visitors can take part in a pond study, casting for fish, migration golf, gyotaku (Japanese fish printing on fabric), nature and flower walks, and Portland Audubon Society’s live bird show. Participants can also build a bird or bat house or a bee board as well as watch local artist Gene Mulkey as he carves and paints beautiful bird sculptures.

Have you wondered what tools and techniques refuge staff use to restore and conserve habitats? Go “behind the scenes” with deputy refuge manager, John Gahr, to find out at 2 p.m.

Visitors will also have the chance to explore exhibits by fellow conservation organizations, participate in a basic digital photography workshop at 4:30 p.m. and conclude the day with a twilight walk at 6:30 p.m.

Organizers say there will be lots of activities for adults and children as well as food and music throughout the day.

Free off-site parking will be located nearby at the Pacific Financial Center, 12205 S.W. Tualatin Road, just off 99W at Southwest 124th Avenue. Signs will be posted to guide visitors.

Free shuttle buses will run frequently throughout the day, beginning at 5:30 a.m.

For more information, call 503-625-5944, ext. 227.

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