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  • 19. Ducks and Elk

    Stop 19 Narrator: As the wetland now floods with the daily tides, the number of water fowl has increased dramatically. More ducks and geese have returned to the marsh, as well as shore birds like rails, snipes, and heron. The park service is planting native plants such as thimble berries and wapato and the vegetation is becoming healthier on its own, with more native plants like cattails and bulrushes springing up. But the biggest surprise for Nancy Eid, a scientist for the National Park Service, came from some early morning visitors, a few days after the cattle were taken off the land. Sound of Elk Nany Eid: Since that time we have noticed that pretty much every morning for certain periods of the year, we can see the elk herd out in the pasture and we see sign of the elk and we know that they spend a lot of their night time hours out here as well. April Cameron: What’s fantastic about working out here in the field, especially here at Ft. Clatsop, we get an opportunity to see a lot of wildlife, and being here in the park, you really get to get up and close. We’ve heard coyotes early in the morning. We’ve seen a lot of migratory birds. We saw a heron just this morning when we pulled up. Narrator: Continue to follow the river trail and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you hike. When you reach a sidewalk with some benches and a shelter, you have reached the next stop. Enter 20 on your cell phone.