Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary and Forest Park
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The headquarters of Audubon Society of Portland stocks many resources for your birding adventure. A foot trail leads through the Sanctuary where a creek flows through second growth mixed forest, with a small stand of old-growth. Feeders provide closeup views of Rufous Hummingbird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Redbreasted Nuthatch and Band-tailed Pigeon, with Varied Thrush in winter. Pileated Woodpecker often nests in the area. The Sanctuary adjoins Forest Park, a wooded park that extends for more than 6 mi from downtown Portland, in the Tualatin Mountains. Access the park from multiple points off of Skyline Blvd, to the NW of the Audubon Sanctuary.
From I-5 in Portland, exit onto Fremont Bridge and stay in far R lane as you pass over the bridge, then take Vaughn St exit. Continue on Vaughn St to the second stop light (NW 25th). Turn L onto 25th and follow to 4-way stop at NW Lovejoy. Turn R on Lovejoy (which turns into Cornell Rd) and follow up hill for 1.5 mi to reach the Sanctuary. Park at the Audubon Nature Store on R, 0.25 mi past the second tunnel on Cornell Rd. Transit: Take TriMet Bus 15 to 23rd/Lovejoy and walk (or bike with caution) 1.5 mi W on Lovejoy, which turns into Cornell. Or, take TriMet Bus 15 to Thurman and 29th, walk down steps of Thurman St Bridge, and walk 1 mi up the trail from Lower Macleay Park through Balch Creek Canyon to Upper Macleay Park, which borders the Audubon Sanctuary. GPS 45 31.60 N, 122 43.82 W.
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