Friday, October 30, 2009

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area, Jewell, Oregon

On your way to/from the Oregon Coast from Portland, and if the weather is cooperating, you might want to take a detour (about 20 minutes) to Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area in Jewell. Jewell Meadows is home to about 200 Roosevelt Elk, as well as other wildlife, and has three turn-outs where you (hopefully) can see the elk grazing, resting, cavorting, and doing basically whatever elk do.

The best time to see the elk is in the cooler weather and either early in the morning or dusk - at other times during the day they tend to hang-out at the tree line. When we were there this time, we saw many mother elk and their adolescents, as well as quite a few male elk. The middle turn-out has restrooms, an interpretive display, as well as picnic tables.

Be sure to bring your binoculars, a camera with a good zoom lens (we only had our "baby" camera), and listen closely.....we heard some males bugling this time! Oh yeah, it's FREE! :-)

2 comments:

Jerry and Suzy said...

That's a wonderful area of Oregon that we have so far missed. Thanks for bringing it to our attention for our next visit.

ANT-Zee said...

Great to hear from you again. Keep writing! I clicked on your site on a lark and Voila there was a buch of catching up to do! Cool deal on the Oprah stuff! We have been to Chicago and really like it there!

Neil Traci and Andrew

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