Recently we had the opportunity of visiting the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve with our grandchildren. It was a beautiful day and the preserve is close by, even the grandchildren were interested in taking a short walk.

The Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is a 635-acre wildlife preserve located within the city limits of Hillsboro, Oregon. It is open to the public and is a great place for bird watching and viewing wildlife in its natural habitat.

There were several trails and all were well marked. Almost immediately our granddaughter found a tiny little frog! We were keeping our eyes open for wildlife!

After holding the frog and examining it closely we let it go. My granddaughter sure has good eyes to spot the little frog in the first place!

The education center was not open the day we visited but is it a great resource for learning and research. Guess we’ll have to go back and visit on a day when it is open!

One of the trails makes a wide loop around a large wetland area, which must fill up completely during the rainy season. We had a checklist of more than 200 species of birds that have been sighted at the Jackson Preserve. We were able to spot two types of herons, Canada geese and numerous ducks. I’m so glad exploring the parks where we live has been a goal for the year. Visiting the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve was definitely worth the time and we’ll be exploring the preserve again.

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