Tualatin SWCD will be there! Stop by our table to make your own Native Seed Bomb and learn more about conservation in our community!
4th Annual Birds and Brew Festival on August 22 to Benefit Friends of Fernhill Wetlands
Join the family-friendly fun at Fernhill Wetlands on Saturday, August 22 from9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and learn about wetland critters, migratory birds, wildlife photography, and natural treatment wetlands at the fourth annual Birds and Brew Festival at 1399 Fern Hill Road in Forest Grove. Fun and informative tours, live birds of prey and reptiles, hands on science and nature, face painting, artists, and other activities are on tap.
Tours and Events
9:00 a.m. Maggie’s Buns famous cinnamon rolls and Fernhill Roast by BJs Coffee Co. $1.00 each
9:30 a.m. Bird Watching Tour led by John Rakestraw, author of Birding Oregon
10:30 a.m. Kids First Tour especially for families
11:30 a.m. Wildlife Photography Tour led by professional photographer Scott Carpenter
11:30 a.m. Be a Naturalist Tour to find live critters
1:00 p.m. Natural Treatment Systems Tour by Clean Water Services
Tualatin Riverkeepers and Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District will be on hand, as well as Backyard Bird Shop and nature artists Sue Swain, Shawneen Finnegan and Carolyn Pettitt, and author John Rakestraw. Suggested donation is $10 per family and $5 for individuals and all proceeds support the education and restoration activities of Friends of Fernhill Wetlands, including the “Science Box” of education and research materials for students visiting Fernhill Wetlands. For $5, attendees may purchase a raffle ticket to win an overnight package at McMenamins and other superb prizes. Face painting, Friends of Fernhill Wetlands shirts, food and beverages will be available for purchase, and Fernhill Pale ale will be available all day at McMenamins Grand Lodge for happy hour prices.
Fernhill is designated an Important Bird Area for 200+ species of birds sighted there, and it is a stop on the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway. Owned by Clean Water Services and operated in partnership with the City of Forest Grove and Fernhill Wetlands Council, Fernhill is becoming a showcase of natural treatment wetlands that are benefitting water quality and wildlife habitat as well as the human experience. A Water Garden features ADA accessible trails, graceful foot bridges, and striking landscaping and boulder work. The 1.1 mile main loop trail is flat and family-friendly with viewing shelters, and more rugged trails lead to wilder areas. For more information, contact Friends of Fernhill Wetlands at email@example.com or Sheri Wantland at 503-681-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about the natural treatment wetlands is at fernhillnts.org.