The ODFW Visitors' Guide
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The wide diversity of habitats found here support a variety of wildlife species including sensitive species such as the Western pond turtle, sharp-tailed snake and red-legged frog. Other uncommon species such as the pileated woodpecker, trumpeter swan and bald eagle can also be observed here.
Forested wetlands are among the most biologically diverse habitat types. Some of the these wetland communities are now rare, but are found on small areas of E.E. Wilson.
The wildlife area is home to a wide range of species from beaver to bobcats.
Walking quietly on the many area roads in the early morning or evening will often yield views of the area's more common wildlife, such as black-tailed deer.
More than 180 species of birds have been observed on E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area in recent years. Several species, such as the killdeer, call the area home the entire year, while others only stop by on their migration. The Cinnamon teal only come here for their breeding season.
Wood ducks are among the most common waterfowl to nest on the area, second only to the mallard in abundance. As cavity nesters, wood ducks may use the many natural cavities or select one of 48 wood duck nest boxes available. In 1998, 69% of the available wood duck boxes were used. Other species also use the "wood duck" boxes for nesting such as hooded mergansers, screech owls, northern flickers, and others.
For more information on Oregon's Wetlands please visit the Oregon Habitat Joint Venture website.
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