Wildlife on the Course
Deer, eagles, elk, and marmots, oh my!
If we had a dime for each time we heard about our golf course critters, we’d be rich! A recent out-of-town golfer commented they saw wildlife on every hole of the course! Here are a few of the wildlife you’ll probably see when visiting River’s Edge Golf Course.
Black-tailed Deer otherwise know as Mule Deer
The most common mammal on our course is the Black-tailed Deer. According the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, it can be distinguished from White-tailed deer by long ears, dichotomously branching antlers, no white hairs around interdigital and metatarsal glands, and a tail brown or black dorsally or white tipped with black.
It’s very common that golfers will stop by the pro shop and tell us about the many five point plus bucks they’ve seen while on the course.
Yellow-bellied Marmot aka rock chucks
We love our rock chucks, most of the time! Did you know the yellow-bellied Marmot is the largest squirrel in Oregon? According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, they have short legs, a short and bushy tail, and ears short and covered with fur. The pelage consists of a dense, wooly underfur covered by long, course guard hairs and is distinctively colored and marked.
River’s Edge Golf Course offers a suitable habitat for the rock chucks in boulders of piles of rocks and an abundance of succulent vegetation.
At River’s Edge Golf Course, marmots wake up from hibernation the around the beginning of March and remained active for 135-150 days, entering hibernation by the end of July to mid-August.
Unique to North America, you’ll see this once-endangered bird while on the course.
According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, a nesting survey found 401 breeding pairs in Oregon and 40 on the Washington side of the Columbia River in 2002. Population goals in eight of 10 recovery zones in Oregon have been met or exceeded.
Great Horned Owl
According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Great Horned Owl is the most commonly encountered owl in Oregon. On the course, you’ll have to look up in the Ponderosa Pines to see them.
They’re a large, stocky, powerful owl with large yellow eyes and distinctive feather tufts or “ears” above the eyes. Plumage color varies from dark brown in western Oregon to pale grayish brown in southeastern Oregon. The throat is white.