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Bird lovers, brew lovers unite at Fernhill

NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTO - Forest Groves Fernhill Wetlands will be bustling Saturday with tours, face painting, food and fun. The Friends of Fernhill Wetlands will put on its fourth annual Birds and Brew Festival Aug. 22.

The family-friendly fun at Fernhill Wetlands, 1399 Fern Hill Road in Forest Grove, starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Learn about wetland critters, migratory birds, wildlife photography and natural treatment wetlands. Fun and informative tours, live birds of prey and reptiles, hands-on science, face painting, artists and other activities are on tap.

McMenamins Grand Lodge will serve Fernhill Pale Ale all day at happy hour prices.

The day starts the right way at 9 a.m. with Maggie’s Buns’ cinnamon rolls and Fernhill Roast from BJs Coffee Co. Treats are $1 each.

At 9:30 a.m., there will be a bird watching tour led by John Rakestraw, author of “Birding Oregon.” At 10:30 a.m. a tour designed for families begins. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a wildlife photography tour led by professional photographer Scott Carpenter. Also at 11:30 a.m., there will be a tour with a naturalist to find live critters. At 1 p.m., Clean Water Services will give a tour and explain how the natural treatment system works.

Tualatin Riverkeepers and Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District representatives will be on hand, as well as Backyard Bird Shop and nature artists Sue Swain, Shawneen Finnegan and Carolyn Pettitt, and author John Rakestraw.

There is a suggested donation of $10 per family and $5 for individuals. All proceeds support the education and restoration activities of Friends of Fernhill Wetlands, including the “Science Box” of education and research materials for students visiting Fernhill Wetlands. For $5, attendees may purchase a raffle ticket to win an overnight package at McMenamins and other prizes.

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