Baskett Slough lies just to the west of Salem, OR, and is one of several National Wildlife Refuges in the Willamette Valley. I used to visit there frequently when I lived nearby.
|Big Face is a burrowing owl that used to winter near the refuge. It usually stayed near a quiet gravel road and was easily observed from the car. One of the best birds I've ever had the pleasure to watch.||The Slough is a great place to watch great blue herons. If you stay in your car, you can sometimes get very close views as they hunt in the ponds and the fields.|
|Like the other area National Wildlife Refuges, the Slough exists on converted farmland that now provides wintering grounds for dusky Cananda geese and other waterfowl. A large variety of other birds also call the refuge home.||A wide variety of mammals also call the refuge home, from chipmunks and squirrels to black-tailed deer.|
|Because the Slough is a small refuge, scenic shots have to be imagined on a smaller scale, including macro shots.|