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E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area Opportunities

California Quail
California Quail

Educational Opportunities

The area is an attractive study site for graduate students attending OSU, who have studied numerous species, including the California quail (pictured).

Currently the area is serving as a study site for several herpetology students studying topics from red-spotted garter snake physiology to the effects of ultra-violet light on amphibian eggs.

The proximity of E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area to many local schools, colleges and universities makes it popular for those instructors seeking an "outdoor classroom" for students.

Educational group tours are available by reservation with Wildlife Area Headquarters.

Call 541-745-5334 for more information.

California Quail
Horseback riders and bicyclist on one of EE Wilson's trails

Recreational Opportunities

Once the site of the U.S. Army's Camp Adair during World War II, the wildlife area offers many miles of abandoned roads which provide a unique opportunity for access, including easy access for persons with disabilities. Biking and horseback riding on area roads are also permitted.

The diversity of habitats and wildlife found in a relative small area, coupled with easy access, provide great opportunities for nature photographers. Two photography blinds are available; one overlooking an area wetland and the other offers photo opportunities for songbirds. Arrangements for use of the blinds can be made at the wildlife area headquarters.

An interpretive trail offers an accompanying guide.

E.E. Wilson has one permanent pond which is stocked with trout (usually Feb. to Jun.).

Hunting Opportunities

Phesant hunting

Phesant hunting at EE Wilson
- Photo by Nick Myatt -

A wide range of hunting opportunities are available. These include special hunts for youths and persons with disabilities as well as outdoor skills training for women.

Upland game hunting is one of the most popular recreational activities on E.E. Wilson. Over 5,000 hunter-visits are recorded annually, most during the Fee Pheasant Hunt in October, which has grown in popularity each year since it began in 1989. Youth pheasant hunts have offered in the area since 1951 with the objective of providing an opportunity to learn upland bird hunting skills and ethics. E.E. Wilson also provides an opportunity to hunt quail, dove, waterfowl, cottontail rabbits, and black-tail deer.

Currently the only source of operating funds for the wildlife are generated from sales of hunting licenses, stamps and tags.


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