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Aleutian cackling goose

A walking tour offering the chance to see everything from bald eagles to the Aleutian cackling goose is on offer this Friday, June 15, near Pacific City.

The Birds and Berries excursion will take walkers to the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge for a fun morning of bird watching and discussing the area’s natural history.

The refuge contains at least seven types of habitat and supports one tenth of the world’s dusky Canada goose population.

Other notable winged residents include migrating shorebirds, the Aleutian cackling goose, peregrine falcons and bald eagles.

The roughly two-mile walk will run from 9 to 11:30 am, with participants meeting in the uppermost parking lot of the refuge, located off Christianson Road, just south of Pacific City.

The excursion is family-friendly, but not suitable for dogs. Walkers should bring sturdy hiking shoes, water, bug repellant and binoculars if available.

Organized by the Nestucca, Neskowin and Sand Lake Watersheds Council, the walk is part of the Explore Nature series of events.

Registration is required. Sign up at Eventbrite.com by searching for “Birds and Berries.”

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