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SANDY RIVER DELTA

The Sandy River Delta harbors many unique breeding birds including Red-eyed Vireo and Eastern Kingbird. A 1.2-mile trail, built primarily by volunteers, leads from the parking lot to Maya Lin’s elliptical bird blind. The vertical wooden slats of the bird blind are inscribed with the name and current status of each of the 134 species Lewis and Clark noted on their westward journey.

A 1.2-mile trail, built primarily by volunteers, leads from the parking lot to Maya Lin’s elliptical bird blind. From this quiet spot, you can view birds and wildlife that inhabit the area today as you learn about the flora and fauna-some of which are now extinct, endangered or threatened species-that existed here 200 years ago. The vertical wooden slats of the bird blind are inscribed with the name and current status of each of the 134 species Lewis and Clark noted on their westward journey.

Reach the delta from I-84 eastbound, take exit 18, turn right at the bottom of the exit, loop around under the freeway, keep right and look for the gravel parking lot and gate. The area isn’t a true park….mostly a wandering around and looking type of place. Not listed in great resource book Wild in the City but it is a bird walk destination.

This information augmented by the book Wild in the City: A Guide to Portland’s Natural Areas,  edited by Cody and Houck

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