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North Fork Catherine Creek

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Catherine Creek State Park

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From La Grande, take I-84 exit 265 to Hwy 203 east. Take 203 for 10.4 miles to Union. Check out Union City Park in Central Union on the west side of Hwy 203/237 at Arch Street. If time permits, check out the Union Cemetery on the SE end of Union. Take 237 south from the junction with 203 and travel 4 blocks to Fulton Street. Turn left (east) and go 6 blocks to the cemetery. You might check in at Buffalo Peak Golf Course and ask permission to check the large ponds in the middle of the golf course. This is only recommended during the winter off-season when golfers are often absent.


Habitat and Birds

While far from common and not to be expected every year, gems like Common Redpoll, Bohemian Waxwing, Tree Sparrow, Pine Grosbeak, and Evening Grosbeak can be found around this town on winter days. Blue Jays have become nearly an annual species so keep an eye and ear out for local feeders. In spring and winter, Gray Partridge are regularly found in the sagebrush habitat surrounding the golf course.