Date: 7/8/19 2:44 pm From: Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> Subject: [obol] Re: Fern Ridge dike map
Thanks, Alan, for a review of the map of Fern Ridge.
Do you suppose we could host a barbeque or otherwise induce the powers-that-be to mow the dikes? Maybe even blade them to fill the ankle-twisting potholes/rodent burrows? Maybe even put up a cover to allow escape from the blazing summer sun? Install a water cooler?
--------------------------- Subject: Fern Ridge dike map Date: Mon Jul 8 2019 11:33 am From: acontrer56 AT gmail.com
We're getting to the season in which people ask for explanations of the Fern Ridge dike and pond labeling system. The map is on the OBA web site:
What gets confusing is that people use two systems for describing the ponds, NEITHER of which is visible in the field, as there is no signage on the dikes. The numeric system is used by ODFW/Corps of Engineers but has no signage. The bird name system has been used by local birders for decades and also has no signage. To make matters even more confusing, everyone except the ODFW/Corps calls these ponds." The agencies call them fields.
Right now the good mud is at the s end of 5/Osprey. The dikes have not yet been mowed yet so the most walker-friendly access is from the south off 126, as it is a shorter walk with much shorter grass.
Later in summer most of 5 and 6 will have loads of birds. At that point walking in from Royal Avenue is probably better, assuming that the dikes are mowed.