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“Nice Stroll”

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Ranked #9 of 95 things to do in Fairbanks
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Owner description: Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,000 acre refuge on the site of the historic Creamer's Dairy in Fairbanks, Alaska. The refuge has miles of multi-use trails that are open year round and it is an excellent location for bird watching and wildlife viewing. The Farmhouse Visitor Center is open daily in the summer from 10 - 5 and on Saturdays in the winter from Noon - 4.
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Nice Stroll”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

Good bird watching opportunities and a lovely place for a stroll around. Very hungry insects though, especially in the wooded areas, bring lots of repellant.

Visited June 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“many habitats and interesting local history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

We visited on one of the hottest days in local history-- over 90 degrees so of course the birds were also "hot" and resting. Nevertheless there were shaded areas with many interesting species including Boreal Chickadees, Sandhill Cranes and Lesser Yellowlegs. Be sure to wear lots of mosquito repellant and or a head bug net-- there are trails through "wetland" areas which translates to mega bugs... which of course is why birds migrate here to eat so much protein.. The volunteer at the desk was incredibly helpful in helping us find Smith Lake-- another local birding destination which was impossible to find without local directions ( not marked on any maps and certainly no trail markers even when you know how to get there!)-- and she gave us a fascinating history lesson about the dairy farmer who raised milk cows in the enclosed barn system and the manure was put out into the fields which the cranes now use. I would have loved to visit on a cooler day. There are paved areas and if you want to go off trail which is allowed take your muck boots, even on a hot summer day the mud was up to the ankle level. Very nice shaded picnic area around visitor center to take a rest break after the hike.

Visited June 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Wrong time of the year large number of migration of birds.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

Was able to take free public transportation, seeing the University, Creamer's Field. Very few birds in the field but interesting history.
Would love to see the area in full migration season!

Visited June 2013
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Gainesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Birdwatching near town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here while spending a couple days in Fairbanks. Went early morning and only saw a couple other people. Great birdwatching, bring your binoculars. We saw many sandhill cranes as well as some other cranes and many small birds. It was a nice place to take a walk on the trails and see a surprising amount of wildlife.

Visited May 2013
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Shady Cove, Oregon
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“A good walk even you see don't sight birds”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

An early walk didn't result in any interesting bird sightings but very enjoyable. Visit the house for history of the refuge and inforamation of birds.

Visited May 2013
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