This private wetland restoration is set up to compensate for development projects that impacted wetlands elsewhere in the valley. As the native wet-prairie and wetland plantings mature, it has become home to nesting Wilson’s Phalarope and several Streaked Horned Lark pairs. Migrant shorebirds use the wetlands in spring, and various songbirds can be heard singing in the restored Oregon ash woods along the creek bottom. The Mitigation Bank is closed to private entry except for annual tours that are offered through local birding lists. However, birders are welcome to view the wetlands from any of the three pullouts. As prairie grasses grow tall in late spring, you may want to bring a stepladder or stand in the back of a vehicle to get a better view over the wetland.
From Hwy 34 in downtown Philomath go S on 13th St 0.4 mi. Turn L (E) on Chapel Dr and go 1.6 mi to T intersection with Bellfountain Rd. Turn R on Bellfountain and go S 1.8 mi. After Evergreen Creek crossing, park and view wetlands from one of the three turnouts on W side of road. (GPS 44 30.364 N, 123 20.271 W)