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The City of Ontario is located near the Oregon-Idaho border. I-84 runs through the town. It is 39 miles NW of Nampa, Idaho and 298 miles east of Portland. Two good birding parks within the city limits are Lions Park (44.025564, -116.973421) and Beck Kiwanis Park (44.037080,-116.968185). To find Lions Park take exit 376 to East Idaho Avenue (Hwy 30 and OR 201). Stay on this road for 1.4 miles as it winds through town. The park will be on your right in the center of town. To find Beck Kiwanis Park, take exit 374 from I-84 and travel south on Oregon Street 0.8 miles and turn right on Fourth Street. Go two blocks and turn right on NW 8th Ave. Go 1.5 blocks to Beck Park. There are two cemeteries in town. One is located just south of Lions Park on South Park Blvd. The other is located 6 blocks east of Beck Kiwanis Park on NW 10th St.


Habitat and Birds

Both city parks are good for gulls since they are close to the Snake River. Both have good tall trees and Beck has several good ponds for waterfowl and migrants. The parks have become famous in recent years as one of the few places in Oregon with a resident population of Great-tailed Grackles.