Up on Chicken Creek: A Tualatin Dream (If I Ever Did See One)*
Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge
Date and Time: Sunday, February 26, 2023, 8 am - 1 pm
Price: $70 with convention registration / $100 without convention registration
The Chicken Creek restoration project is complete. The natural flow of the creek is back and flourishing on the beautiful landscape of the Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge, one of only a handful of urban national wildlife refuges in the country.
Over 100 years ago, when this land was converted to agricultural use by Europeans, the portion of Chicken Creek that once wound through the present-day refuge before it met the Tualatin River, was altered to become a straight channel, and reduced in length from two miles to 1/2 mile. While this allowed farmers to effectively manage the land for crops and dairy cows, it greatly reduced habitat for fish and wildlife. By restoring the creek’s natural curves across the floodplain, and eliminating water management infrastructure, Chicken Creek will once again serve as the lifeblood of its floodplain, while greatly reducing the need for human intervention to sustain the thriving system.
Join staff from Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge and Friends of Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge as we explore the resource through the lens of the restoration. We’ll enjoy a walking tour of the pivotal points in the renovation (and take in the splendor), while learning about the myriad partnerships that brought the dream to fruition -- a project of people and nature working together to create a sustainable system that supports healthy habitats for wildlife and lovers of wildlife.
The restoration is a unique example of USFWS, the Friends of TNWR, Ducks Unlimited, INTEL, Willamette Water Supply, local government agencies and municipalities (Clean Water Services) and many more partners coming together with a common interest to improve these public lands. Working collaboratively among numerous partners was the only way to achieve this -- and can serve as a model for restoration work everywhere.
Time will also be available to visit and shop the Friends of Tualatin National Wildlife Refuge’s Nature Overlook Store. Comfortable shoes, layered clothing and appropriate seasonal outwear are recommended as the field trip includes both indoor and outdoor time and will take place rain or shine. Participants should bring a water bottle; light snacks will be provided on the return bus ride.
*With apologies to The Band