Excellent winter and spring birding. See bald eagles, red-tailed hawks and American kestrels in trees and shorebirds including least and western sandpipers, dowitchers and greater yellowlegs in mudflats. Look for sandhill cranes in fields and ducks, geese and swans in open water.Best times to visit: September – March for viewing waterfowl and sandhill cranes. January – March for viewing bald eagles. May – August for warm water fishing. Spring and summer are best for songbird viewing. Portions of the wildlife area are closed to public access October – April for the protection of waterfowl.Parking permits are required when parking within the wildlife area. Permits are available through any license agent or Monday – Friday at the Sauvie Island ODFW office.There are several public beaches on the northeast side of the island along the Columbia River.