Zoomers Wild Side Ride

  • 02/25/2015
  • 10:00 AM
  • SW corner of the Walmart parking lot in Battle Ground

Come join us for a little ride on the wild side.  This run will be a few of our favorite Clark County back roads starting in Battle Ground and ending up in Ridgefield, WA; where we will be visiting the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge – River S Unit, operated by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.


The Refuge is a large area of natural wetlands which provide an ideal climate for wintering waterfowl.  In addition to the migrating ducks, geese and swans, the Refuge provides sanctuary in all seasons to other waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, river otters, black-tailed deer, coyotes and other species of wildlife.


We will be viewing the wildlife while driving the 4.2 mile Auto Tour Route where our Miata(s) will become our personal observation blinds on wheels.  Viewing and photography from the road is excellent.  Visitors must stay in their vehicles when traveling the route as the wildlife has become accustomed to seeing cars and will allow vehicles to pass by or even stop for a while within a few feet without taking flight.  The speed limit is 5mph so it takes almost an hour to complete the loop.  There is one spot about half way where one can exit the vehicle at a permanent observation blind which can offer an opportunity for some closer photography.  This is optional.


After the Wild Ride, we will lunch in Ridgefield at the Sportsman Bar and Grill on Main St.

 

NOTES:


*Meet at 10:00AM at the SW corner of the Walmart parking lot in Battle Ground (north on highway 503 turn left at Scotten Way at the traffic light).  Plan to leave no later than 10:15.


*Bring binoculars, long lenses for cameras and possibly a N. American Bird/Animal Identification book.


*There is a $3.00 fee per car to use the Auto Tour Route payable at the Visitor Contact Station.  A Federal Interagency Pass or Senior Pass will also get you in.


*Restrooms are available at the Visitor Contact Station (approx. 1 hour from Battle Ground start point).


*Please RSVP by Feb. 20 as restaurant may opt to schedule extra wait staff for our visit.


*You can reference www.fws.gov/ridgefieldrefuges for further information, especially the wildlife listing of the various species that may been seen.

Address: PO Box 396, Portland, Oregon 97207

Email: zoomzoom [at] mthoodmiata.org

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