A trek with knoll limits

Immature Bald Eagle • Photo by Ernie Rose

Sweeping views and a host of wildlife will be among the rewards for those who persevere on the Friday, Aug. 10, birding walk to Lincoln City’s Knoll.

Hosted by the Audubon Society of Lincoln City, the two-to three-hour walk will see participants hike through the forest above The Villages at Cascade Head, tackling uneven ground and elevation gain on the way. Hiking boots and sticks are suggested. No registration is required and beginning birders are welcome. Binoculars and guidebooks are provided for those who need them.

The Knoll provides second growth cedar, spruce and fir forest, forest edge and upland meadow habitat for year-round residents such as woodpeckers, Pacific wren and song sparrow as well as providing nesting habitat for summer visitors like warblers and flycatchers. From the Knoll viewpoint walkers might see raptors including red tail hawk and osprey as well as gulls flying above Lincoln City’s beaches.

This walk is part of a series of birding tours organized in partnership with Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and Explore Lincoln City.

The group will meet at 9 am in the parking area at the north end of NE West Devils Lake Boulevard.

For more information or directions, call 541-992-9720.

For a list of upcoming field trips, go to http://lincolncityaudubon.org/calendar.html.

The Audubon Society of Lincoln City will be in action again on Saturday, Aug. 11, heading north for a trek along Bay Ocean Spit on Tillamook Bay.

Walkers can hope to see a variety of migrating shorebirds as they stop over in Tillamook Bay as well as bird residents of the spit dunes and forest. No prior birding experience is required and binoculars and guidebooks will be provided.

The group will meet at 11 am in the Bay Ocean Spit parking lot. From Highway 101 in Tillamook, turn west on 3rd Street/Three Capes Scenic Loop and go three miles to Bay Ocean Spit. Turn right and follow the gravel road 1.5 miles to the parking lot.

For more information, call 541-992-9720.

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