The ODFW Visitors' Guide
Things to Discover on the E.E. Wilson Interpretive Trail
|Dusky Footed Wood Rat
The Dusky Footed Wood Rat: Called packrats by some, various species of these squirrel-like animals are found throughout the West. These animals are mostly active at night (nocturnal) and create their own homes by collecting and piling up sticks, twigs, and a variety of other material. A wood rat house is visible from the trail.
The Madrone: This attractive red-barked tree with its green glossy leaves is sometimes used as an ornamental. This tree retains some of its green leaves all year. Leaves are replaced, but shed a few at a time throughout the year.
The Douglas Fir: The Douglas Fir is Oregon's State Tree. This evergreen is the most frequently harvested and propagated tree in Oregon and has high economic value. The tree is also valuable to wildlife for food and shelter.
New Wetland: The new dike and resulting impoundment was created through a cooperative project funded by the Oregon Duck Hunters Association , Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, and ODFW. The purpose of the project was to enhance and restore the wetland value of this site. When Camp Adair was built, many of the wetlands, including this one, were drained. Now that this site is being restored it will be particularly attractive to migrating and nesting waterbirds. Beaver, muskrat, and sensitive species, such as western pond turtles and trumpeter swans have also been observed here.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife
The Beaver: The beaver is the State Animal of Oregon. These large industrious rodents feed on leaves and the inner bark of trees. One of the beavers has built a lodge out of mud and sticks in the canal pond, but most of our beavers have excavated dens in streamside banks and dikes. Beavers are not often observed during the day but you should still be able to find where they have felled trees and gnawed the bark off of limbs.
The Wood Duck: Box visible from the trail across the canal. Many species, such as American kestrels, screech owls, and squirrels may use this as a nest.
The Blacktail Deer: Blacktail Deer frequent this trail. Look for their tracks.
The Oregon Grape: Oregon's State Flower.
Songbird Boxes: Chickadees, wrens,or deer mice might be using the boxes you can see from the trail.
An Interpretive Trail Guide is available at the trail head for your use
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