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Wildlife at Foster Floodplain

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Environmental Services completed restoration work at the Foster Floodplain Natural Area two years ago, and already the spot is a favorite for birds and wildlife.  The project’s main purpose is to reduce flooding in East Portland and improve water quality and salmon habitat in Johnson Creek

But, projects like this also provide other benefits to the community and environment.

Environmental Services staff checking up on the area this week spotted this native blacktail deer. deer in natural area

Also, a volunteer with Portland Parks & Recreation shared the list of bird species he’s observed at the site in recent months.  Check out the impressive list below.  Thanks Chris, for the citizen science you contribute! 

Anyone can see the nature at Foster Floodplain this summer. It’s easy to access off SE Foster Road or the Springwater Corridor Trail (see it on Google Maps).  There are walking trails and informational signs.   Please note: no dogs are allowed at the site, in order to protect water quality and the sensitive native plants and animals.

blackheaded grosbeak bird on tree


Black-headed grosbeaks, like this one, are birds that can be seen in Portland's natural areas.  (Photo by Greg Gillson)

List of Birds Spotted at Foster Floodplain:  

American crow


American goldfinch

Lesser goldfinch

American robin


Anna's hummingbird

Mourning dove

Bewicks wren

Northern flicker

Black-capped chickadee

Red breasted sapsucker

Black-headed grosbeak

Red-tailed hawk


Red-winged blackbird

Cackling goose

Ruby crowned kinglet

Canada goose

Scrub jay

Chestnut-backed chickadee

Sharp-shinned hawk

Downy woodpecker

Song sparrow

European starling

Stellar's jay

Golden-crowned sparrow

Towhee/Spotted towhee

Great blue heron

Tree swallow

Hairy woodpecker

Varied thrush

Hooded merganser

Violet green swallow

House finch

Yellow-rumped warbler


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