Meadowlark Prairie – Greenhill Overlook
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The 380-ac Meadowlark Prairie wetland is jointly managed by the City of Eugene and Bureau of Land Management, as part of the West Eugene Wetlands Program. Amazon Creek and several tributaries flow through the wetland, wet and upland prairie, and riparian habitats. This site is especially good for viewing raptors, with White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel and Northern Harrier common in season. Look for Short-eared Owl at dusk in winter and spring. Western Meadowlark nests here, and flocks of 20 or more can be found in winter. As of 2009, a total of 209 species have been recorded in the West Eugene Wetlands.
From downtown Eugene go 5.5 mi W on Hwy 126. Turn N on Greenhill Rd and go 0.5 mi to overlook on E side of road. Bicycle access: Follow Fern Ridge Multiuse Path W along Amazon Creek to Greenhill Rd.