Astoria EcologyDavid Stubbs
Astoria’s terra, flora and fauna
Astoria is home to an abundance of native flora and fauna. The nearly 100-acre landscape includes riparian habitat, wetlands, and cottonwood stands, between the Bridger Teton National Forest and Snake River. With over 90 species of birds, deer and elk, and beautiful wildflowers, there is a lot to see — and protect. Active restoration projects will be underway in the coming years, after which, we look forward to opening the full park for public enjoyment and education.
Hot Spring Mineral Waters
The mineral waters at Astoria Hot Springs are unique to our site, and include magnesium, sulfur, and many other minerals that have been known to benefit our health. The Trust for Public Land completed a full testing of the waters prior to our ownership of the property, to ensure they include safe levels of minerals for people’s use.
The study of mineral waters is a growing field across the world. For more information about the benefit of mineral hot springs, check out The Balneology Association of North America. Astoria will continue to study the mineral make up of our hot springs, as well as the benefits of soaking.
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Animals at Astoria
Astoria Hot Springs and Park, with two miles of riverfront along the wild and scenic Snake River is home to an abundance flora and fauna. Find deer, elk, and moose migrating between the park’s hills and lowlands, feeding earlier in the spring and longer into the fall on wetland grasses thriving on Astoria’s geothermal landscape. Plus, look up to find bald eagles and ospreys nesting along the riverbanks, and in the spring witness mountain bluebirds and pileated woodpeckers among Astoria’s cottonwood forest. With so much exciting, stunning and wild flora and fauna to be discovered, Astoria is the perfect place to connect with the outside.
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Astoria Plant Life
Visitors to Astoria will find a range of thriving plant life spanning across meadows, wetlands, riverbanks and forest. Discover Astoria’s mature cottonwood forest, which creates essential cover for wildlife migration and supports high avian species diversity. Plus, visitors to Astoria will enjoy the hum of quaking aspens shaking in the breeze or the vibrancy of currant flowers popping in the spring. Norrowleaf cattails amongst Astoria’s wetlands prevent erosion and provide wildlife habitat and food for species from birds to elk.
Check out Astoria’s place-based Activity Book! While we can’t gather and explore together at Astoria just yet, we are delighted to share this at-home nature discovery book with your families to connect with each other and the outdoors in your own backyard. Inside, you’ll find bilingual activities that introduce Astoria’s history and ecology, coloring pages, nature journaling space and much, much more. Simply print at home and enjoy!