If a community’s wealth can be measured by its wildness, Washington County must be one of the richest places around.

That’s especially true at two wildlife areas: Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve near Hillsboro and the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge near Sherwood.

Both sites are wonderful examples of the adage: if you build the habitat, the wildlife will come and stay and thrive.

People come to visit too because both areas offer exciting Walks on the Wild Side, that are close to home and yet a million miles away from the city hub-bub, pavement and noise.

What you may enjoy the most is how easy each of these wildlife areas is to reach from any corner of the Greater Portland region.

Wildlife can be seen along the hiking trails at every turn: from a solitary eagle perched on watch, scurrying shorebirds probing muck of the marshes or v-shaped flocks of geese winging their way from this place to that.

Both wildlife areas are getaway escapes that you’ll be eager to explore – from the rush of city life to the rush of wings.

About the Author: Grant McOmie

Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.

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  1. Merle Ward says…

    I look forward to seeing more episodes of Grant’s Getaways! They are very informative and educational. I call them “food for the mind”. I am a misplaced Oregonian, living in Louisiana, and I can’t wait to move back “home”! I certainly enjoy the great outdoors and your show keeps me in touch with home.
    Thanks so much!

    Written on May 30th, 2009 / Flag this Comment

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