“perfect bird watching spot!”
Meadowlark Prairie is a popular destination in the West Eugene Wetlands. It is co-owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the City of Eugene. The Fern Ridge bike path encircles this extensive natural area, and an outlook with parking, picnic tables, shade, and restroom facilities is located just south of Royal Avenue on Greenhill Road. Bird watching is a popular recreational activity, with waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds, including the Western Meadowlark, all frequenting the habitats of this natural area.
The 380-ac Meadowlark Prairie wetland is jointly managed by the City of Eugene and Bureau of Land Management, as part of the West Eugene Wetlands Program. Amazon Creek and several tributaries flow through the wetland, wet and upland prairie, and riparian habitats. This site is especially good for viewing raptors, with White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel and Northern Harrier common in season. Look for Short-eared Owl at dusk in winter and spring. Western Meadowlark nests here, and flocks of 20 or more can be found in winter. As of 2009, a total of 209 species have been recorded in the West Eugene Wetlands. From downtown Eugene go 5.5 mi W on Hwy 126. Turn N on Greenhill Rd and go 0.5 mi to overlook on E side of road. Bicycle access: Follow Fern Ridge Multiuse Path W along Amazon Creek to Greenhill Rd.
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