Bertelsen Nature Park is co-owned and managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the City of Eugene. The park contains a complex of natural habitats supporting a diversity of wildlife. You can experience emergent wetland, wet prairie, oak savanna, scrub-shrub, and forested riparian habitats all in one park! Stewart Pond is a well-known wintering area for migratory waterfowl, and Grimes Pond, Teal Slough, and Sandpiper Pond to the west are especially good areas for waterfowl viewing. The Bertelsen Trail and Malik Trail wind past the pond, through the prairie and oak habitats, and into the riparian woods. The Malik Trail is named for the native Ash trees here (Malik means “ash” in Kalapuyan). The highest diversity of dragonflies and damselflies in the West Eugene Wetlands area has been found in this park and if you’re lucky you may also see western pond turtles and river otter!
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