Date: 7/8/19 2:48 pm From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...> Subject: [obol] Re: Fern Ridge dike map
Paul, I’m with you. So are all Lane County birders. Some of us were discussing a clandestine goat release the other day.
The idea of a portable tent with some folding chairs and chilled punch at the s corner where 5 and 6 join, or where 4 and 5 join, has great merit.
> On Jul 8, 2019, at 2:44 PM, Paul Sullivan <paultsullivan...> wrote:
> 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?
> Just thinkin'
> Paul Sullivan
> 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:
> https://oregonbirding.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/fernridge-map.pdf >
> 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
> The pleasure never ends.
> Alan Contreras
> Eugene, Oregon
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