SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2020 – I’M HOOKED INC., “YOUTH AND FAMILY ANGLER EDUCATION EXPERIENCE” US FISH AND WILDLIFE URBAN REFUGE DAY – WAPATO LAKE OREGON
Canceled due to Covid-19.
The family-focused event will include workshops on building bee boards and bird and bat houses, fishing skills education skills, archery demos, and various educational outings, including an early morning bird walk as well as wildlife, wildflower and twilight walks.
Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge located along the Tualatin River near Gaston, Oregon, is one of the nation’s newest refuges—and a site of critical importance to the health of water, wildlife and people across the Portland metro area. Wapato National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. (Wapato Lake National Wildlife Refuge is currently not open to the public.)
This is a new refuge, and before we can open it to public use, there’s a lot of work to be done restoration, planning for public access and acquiring the remaining land. You can see quite a bit of wildlife from the roads—Highway 47, Springhill Road and Gaston Road, but please follow all traffic laws. We look forward to welcoming you to the refuge in the future.
The refuge, which includes Wapato Creek from the southwest and Ayers Creek from the southeast, is managed by the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. It is named for Wapato Lake (also known as Lake Wappatoo), a 740-acre complex ecosystem for native plants (such as wapato) and for birds, fish, and other wildlife. A thousand swans and other waterfowl visit the lake area each year, with historic numbers in the tens of thousands.
Wapato” comes from the area’s Native American name for broadleaf arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia), commonly known as the wild or duck potato due to the tubers that grow beneath the ground at the end of the stalk. Elsewhere in the state, other tribes had different names for the plant, such as tchua by the Klamath Tribe. Whatever the name, the plant was a staple of Native Americans. And for you Hunger Games fans, the plant is also known as “katniss.”
Location: located along the Tualatin River near Gaston, Oregon
No registration is needed for this event. Just show up! Everyone is welcome.
Volunteers Needed to Help Host Event
If you are interested in volunteering with, I’m Hooked, Inc. on the day of the event advanced registration is required. To register as a volunteer, please follow this link: VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION.