Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex: Ankeny, Baskett Slough and William L. Finley The Willamette Valley Refuges (Ankeny, Baskett Slough, William L.

Finley and Snag Boat Bend) provide protection for historically abundant oak savanna, native prairie, riparian forest and wetland habitats. In these protected places, endangered plant populations grow, summer songbirds nest, and wintering waterfowl find sanctuary in vast wetlands. And have I mentioned the elk and bobcats?!

Bye bye to the dead birch tree threatening the historic 1855 Fiechter House!
10/06/2021

Bye bye to the dead birch tree threatening the historic 1855 Fiechter House!

Join us for Walk for the Wild!  Enjoy a stroll at your favorite Willamette Valley Refuge and help celebrate National Wil...
10/06/2021

Join us for Walk for the Wild! Enjoy a stroll at your favorite Willamette Valley Refuge and help celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week!

What is Walk for the Wild? A self-guided walking event to encourage people to walk in nature and to increase awareness for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

When? Anytime starting October 9th (Urban Wildlife Conservation Day) and through National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 10-16).

Who and Why? This 1st Annual event is happening at Refuges all over the Nation. USFWS is partnering with the Public Lands Alliance as part of a multi-year partnership to increase awareness about the National Wildlife Refuge System. Plus! Walking boosts your immune system, improves brain function, is good exercise, and gets ya out into nature.

Cost? It's FREE! If you want a t-shirt you can purchase one, but you don't need to. To sign-up: https://www.virtualrunningclub.com/events/walk-for-the-wild/#tve-jump-17af881e6b5

Join us for Walk for the Wild! Enjoy a stroll at your favorite Willamette Valley Refuge and help celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week!

What is Walk for the Wild? A self-guided walking event to encourage people to walk in nature and to increase awareness for the National Wildlife Refuge System.

When? Anytime starting October 9th (Urban Wildlife Conservation Day) and through National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 10-16).

Who and Why? This 1st Annual event is happening at Refuges all over the Nation. USFWS is partnering with the Public Lands Alliance as part of a multi-year partnership to increase awareness about the National Wildlife Refuge System. Plus! Walking boosts your immune system, improves brain function, is good exercise, and gets ya out into nature.

Cost? It's FREE! If you want a t-shirt you can purchase one, but you don't need to. To sign-up: https://www.virtualrunningclub.com/events/walk-for-the-wild/#tve-jump-17af881e6b5

Bluebird Alley, sections near Woodpecker Loop, Turtle Flats, and multiple units at Baskett Slough have been treated with...
10/05/2021

Bluebird Alley, sections near Woodpecker Loop, Turtle Flats, and multiple units at Baskett Slough have been treated with prescribed fire so far. We were lucky to get fire and weather prescriptions that enabled us to utilize one of our best management tools: controlled burning. We will try and complete as many planned units as we can over the coming days and weeks. Next step: seeding! And beautiful blooms, reduced invasive species, and happy critters.

All of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges are amazing places to experience fall in all its glorious colors!...
10/05/2021

All of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges are amazing places to experience fall in all its glorious colors!

The Oregon ash trees along Rail Trail at Ankeny
The Big leaf maple trees around Maple Knoll at William L. Finley
The view of the Valley from atop the Rich Guadagno Trail

Find your favorite!

Finley even made a Top 10 list! 🙂
https://www.hikeoregon.net/top-fall-foliage-hikes-in-Oregon.html

All of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges are amazing places to experience fall in all its glorious colors!

The Oregon ash trees along Rail Trail at Ankeny
The Big leaf maple trees around Maple Knoll at William L. Finley
The view of the Valley from atop the Rich Guadagno Trail

Find your favorite!

Finley even made a Top 10 list! 🙂
https://www.hikeoregon.net/top-fall-foliage-hikes-in-Oregon.html

Soon you’ll have a place to park your pedals and a kiosk to visit at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge!Custom bike racks w...
09/17/2021

Soon you’ll have a place to park your pedals and a kiosk to visit at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge!

Custom bike racks will be installed at Pintail Marsh, Eagle Marsh, Peregrine Marsh, and the Ankeny Hill Nature Center. Huge thanks goes to Willamette Habitat Restoration for funding this project!

Thanks also goes to the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex for funding three kiosks. They are being constructed by Davenport Residential and will be located at Snag Boat Bend, Pintail Marsh and Woodpecker Loop. Ground was broken on the first kiosk this week! Next up: Snag Boat Bend.

Having a good experience when you visit your local Wildlife Refuge is important to us. We’ll keep at it and couldn’t do it without our amazing partners ❤️🎉🙌

Tomorrow marks 20 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001....  That day over 3,000 lives were lost, includin...
09/11/2021
Her Brother Died On Flight 93. She Still Sees Him Surfacing In Small Ways

Tomorrow marks 20 years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001.... That day over 3,000 lives were lost, including one of our own.....

From 1991-2000 Rich Guadagno was the Refuge Manager of Ankeny and Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuges. Rich was 38 at the time, traveling home from visiting family and celebrating his grandmother's 100th birthday in New Jersey. He was the relatively new Refuge Manger at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge in California.

He was aboard Flight 93.

It's well documented that the crew and passengers of Flight 93 staged a revolt, timing it so the plane was not over a populated area, and broke into the cockpit and attacked the 4 hijackers, preventing them from flying the plane into the Capitol building. Rich's badge (he was a trained law enforcement officer) was found in the cockpit area where the plane went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. There is no question that Rich was a part of saving countless lives when he took action that day.

Lori Guadagno, Rich's sister, was incredibly close with him and recently spoke with NPR about her brother. She shared some beautiful and touching details about Rich, the amazing man he was, and what happened after the events of 9/11; the day that changed everything. Her words, her stories, her voice, are so moving. So powerful. We included the audio and story here for you. Thank you, Lori, for sharing this with all of us. We will never forget your brother and his legacy will live on forever.

https://www.npr.org/2021/09/07/1031657792/her-brother-died-on-flight-93-she-still-sees-him-surfacing-in-small-ways

Richard Guadagno died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed on 9/11. His memory is scattered through his sister Lori's house in items that continue a conversation between the siblings 20 years later.

09/08/2021
Dusky Marsh Project - the early, "moving soil" phase....

The Dusky Marsh Project at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge in action! This video was taken on August 18th by Deputy Project Leader, Eddy Pausch. In these initial weeks of earth moving the crews work 6 days a week, 12 hours/day. This phase of the project has to be done before rains start.

If you have little kids in your life that enjoy big machines, this might need to be played and replayed a few times ;-)

The dust you see flying and all of the machines you see working at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge are with good...
09/07/2021

The dust you see flying and all of the machines you see working at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge are with good reason. THE Baskett Slough itself, the historic channel, is being restored back to its windy, wooded self. The ripairan habitat in the works, including work to the entire Dusky wetland network, will provide improved passage and rearing habitat for native fish. Invasive species are being removed and over 8,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted.

The work happening right now was YEARS in the making. In addition to our Complex staff and operators, we brought in 11 other USFWS folks from across the country to help. Our own scrapers and excavators were joined by 4 others borrowed from across the Region.

At some point in its life, the Baskett Slough - the Refuge's namesake - was channelized into fairly straight ditches. Historically, the river channel was forested and sinuous, with slower water. We're briniging that back (over time of course). It's a messy, dusty project right now but the results will be impressive. Visit often and watch this wetland fill with water, leaf out, and brim with native wildlife.

Huge thanks to all involved! A truly historic and herculean effort!

Did you know that the goat suit worn by William L. Finley himself in the 1920s is in the new Corvallis Museum?  A goat s...
08/13/2021

Did you know that the goat suit worn by William L. Finley himself in the 1920s is in the new Corvallis Museum?

A goat suit you say? Yup. William L. Finley wore a cotton flannel goat suit in order to film and photograph his subject: mountain goats in Glacier National Park.

An article, including many stunning wildilfe shots, was published in Scientific American in August of 1929 entitled, "Shooting Wild Life with a 'Movie' Camera."

The video is also on display at the museum!

Did you know that the goat suit worn by William L. Finley himself in the 1920s is in the new Corvallis Museum?

A goat suit you say? Yup. William L. Finley wore a cotton flannel goat suit in order to film and photograph his subject: mountain goats in Glacier National Park.

An article, including many stunning wildilfe shots, was published in Scientific American in August of 1929 entitled, "Shooting Wild Life with a 'Movie' Camera."

The video is also on display at the museum!

Behind the scenes shots from Snag Boat Bend and the making of a video about some of its story: the history, restoration,...
08/10/2021

Behind the scenes shots from Snag Boat Bend and the making of a video about some of its story: the history, restoration, and even the aquatic plants!

Big thanks to the partners and team: Willamette Riverkeeper, Long Tom
Watershed Council, Friends of the WVNWRC and Refuge Staff.

The next step is editing and then we’ll share it with you all!

Fresh Refuge brown paint (that color should be its own Pantone!) getting applied on multiple sun-loved and well-weathere...
08/03/2021

Fresh Refuge brown paint (that color should be its own Pantone!) getting applied on multiple sun-loved and well-weathered surfaces across the Complex! Thank you, volunteers: Fred Prahl, Janet Hart and Paul Hart!

This crab spider managed to grab quite a big meal. Crab spiders eat a wide variety of insects (yes, the occasional bee f...
07/15/2021

This crab spider managed to grab quite a big meal. Crab spiders eat a wide variety of insects (yes, the occasional bee falls prey) and they even enjoy pollen and nectar. They are small spiders (2 - 11 mm) and got their name because they resemble crabs and can walk sideways. Their hunting method is "sit and wait". When an insect gets close enough it uses its first two legs to grab it and then bites it, injecting it with venom to paralyze the prey before eating it.

Want to see and watch your own crab spider? Look for them on flowers, waiting.....

Thanks to Owen Dell for sharing his amazing photos taken at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge.

It's bat monitoring time again!  If you see these devices out in the wetlands throughout the Willamette Valley Refuges o...
07/12/2021

It's bat monitoring time again! If you see these devices out in the wetlands throughout the Willamette Valley Refuges over the next few weeks, know that they are counting bats. You'll be amazed at the number of recordings they take each night..... We'll report the findings as soon as we have them!

It's bat monitoring time again! If you see these devices out in the wetlands throughout the Willamette Valley Refuges over the next few weeks, know that they are counting bats. You'll be amazed at the number of recordings they take each night..... We'll report the findings as soon as we have them!

All clean and freshly painted! 🙌❤️☀️
07/06/2021

All clean and freshly painted! 🙌❤️☀️

Our amazing team of RV volunteers, Paul and Janet Hart, are back for their 4th summer! We couldn’t be more lucky. And by...
06/25/2021

Our amazing team of RV volunteers, Paul and Janet Hart, are back for their 4th summer! We couldn’t be more lucky. And by “we” that’s staff, visitors and wildlife alike! These two incredible humans travel to all of the Refuges - sometimes 7 days/week (!) - clearing trails, covering up graffiti, mowing, cleaning signs, fixing all sorts of things, weeding, picking up trash, and tackling the endless odd jobs that need taken care of. If you see them on one of your visits, please help us thank them for their hard work and countless hours of service.

Welcome back Paul and Janet!!

This weekend is going to be a hot one. Due to the heat, we decided it's best to cancel tomorrow's in-person Walk with a ...
06/25/2021

This weekend is going to be a hot one. Due to the heat, we decided it's best to cancel tomorrow's in-person Walk with a Beaver event at Snag Boat Bend. The self-guided activities are still up along the trail all month (and available online: https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/outreach-education/go-day).

Drink water, visit early, and be safe out there!

This weekend is going to be a hot one. Due to the heat, we decided it's best to cancel tomorrow's in-person Walk with a Beaver event at Snag Boat Bend. The self-guided activities are still up along the trail all month (and available online: https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/outreach-education/go-day).

Drink water, visit early, and be safe out there!

Pardon our dust and the occasional trail closure as we undertake big habitat restoration projects at Baskett Slough Nati...
06/23/2021

Pardon our dust and the occasional trail closure as we undertake big habitat restoration projects at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge this summer!

Starting Thursday, July 1st the Rich Guadagno Loop Trail around the top of Baskett Butte will close for at least a week. We will be conducting active oak restoration work using heavy equipment and want to keep everyone safe. This work will greatly benefit Oregon white oak and the species they support.

In August and September areas around Dusky Marsh will need to be closed: Cackler, Vancouver and Dusky berms. This entire wetland network will be reworked to discourage non-native plants, remove any and all potential for fish entrapment, and to improve the overall quality and function of the wetland. We have staff and equipment that will be mobilized from other states to help us with this big undertaking. We'll share a lot more about this exciting project in the months ahead.

Great news!  Fender's blue butterfly egg and larva counts were completed at both Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge...
06/23/2021

Great news! Fender's blue butterfly egg and larva counts were completed at both Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge and at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge and the results are very encouraging. (Flight surveys of the adult butterflies also happened this Spring). Fender's blue butterflies are moving around and occupying more and more of the upland prairie habitat we work hard to create and maintain.

See that tiny dot on the underside of the Kincaid's lupine leaf? That hatches and becomes the larva you see in the other picture. Fender's blue butterflies are endangered and will only lay their eggs on Kincaid's lupine. Only that plant. It will forage for nectar on many native wildflowers but when it comes to depositing its eggs: only the Kincaid's lupine will do.

Adult butterflies are only alive for about 3 weeks. In that time they must mate and the female then searches for Kincaid's lupine to ovipost its eggs.

The Fender's blue butterfly was just proposed for downlisting from endangered to threatened in the Federal Register today. This butterfly's success story wouldn't be possible without the countless partner organizations and agencies and private landowners that have joined in the effort to help recover this species.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/06/23/2021-12576/endangered-and-threatened-wildlife-and-plants-reclassifying-the-fenders-blue-butterfly-from

First All Staff Meeting since 2019..... !! 🙌 Great to see everyone together in person in one spot and not via a computer...
06/21/2021

First All Staff Meeting since 2019..... !! 🙌 Great to see everyone together in person in one spot and not via a computer!

First All Staff Meeting since 2019..... !! 🙌 Great to see everyone together in person in one spot and not via a computer!

Join us this Saturday for a special event: Walk with a Beaver / Paseo con un Castor event at Snag Boat Bend!  Pat and Bo...
06/09/2021

Join us this Saturday for a special event: Walk with a Beaver / Paseo con un Castor event at Snag Boat Bend! Pat and Bobbie Allaire, Certified Interpretive Guides and Oregon Master Naturalists, will have two stations set-up with activities and programs for families on June 12th and 26th from 11 am - 3 pm. They'll be visible from the trail, located along a game trail and at the beaver dam.

If you miss this Saturday's in-person event, join us on the 26th for the second one! You can also visit Snag Boat Bend anytime (from dawn to dusk) to stop by the 13 self-guided activity stations set-up along the trail throughout the month of June.

Snag Boat Bend is a Unit of William L. Finley Refuge and is just south of the town of Peoria, along the Willamette River.

Happy Get Outdoors Day!
https://cf.forestry.oregonstate.edu/outreach-education/go-day

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I have a question. When did they remove the porta-potty at Pintail Marsh in Ankeny? I hadn't been there for several months and decided to make a trip on a rare nice day recently. I drove about 45 minutes to get there, and being the big coffee and water drinker that I am, needed to use a rest room, so I headed to Pintail Marsh. Oh no! No porta-potty! I tried Eagle Marsh, nothing! Headed to the building in the NE edge of the refuge, closed. I had to drive all the way into Independence and went to Roth's. (I did some shopping there in my appreciation for the facilities!) I almost just headed home at that point, but decided to drive all the way back to the refuge. What's up? I won't be visiting again until I know there is a restroom somewhere nearby.
Who do we contact about trash bag dumped behind portapot Bruce rd..same bag saw several days ago..alot of food trash getting scattered..I messaged refuge number today not sure who will see it.
just wondering how one joins this group...I think I am member..thanks for help
Who is the manager of the Refuge? I have a class project and need to find the name of the manager
Thank you! Proof that Corvallis is a good home for Ducks! 😉 spread the word!
Not sure if first message went through, so here it is again. Regular visitors to Ankeny Refuge have noticed increasing numbers of other visitors entering parts of the Refuge that are now closed. Especially noticeable is the Buena Vista Road Kiosk area by Eagle Marsh. People are often seen walking on the d**e trail to the south of the parking lot, and sometimes when asked by other visitors, they say they did not notice the sign indicating closure. We suggest that the chain on the entrance to this trail be placed again as has been in previous years. We also suggest that a larger sign be placed at the Eagle Marsh d**e trail entrance that indicates “Closure, Do Not Enter” or something similar and also other, larger signs like this at other trail entrances. Thank you for all your work in maintaining the Refuges. We all appreciate it and understand there are funding and staffing issues, but are writing about this issue because of our love of our Refuge!
Regular visitors to Ankeny Refuge have noticed increasing numbers of other visitors entering parts of the Refuge that are now closed. Especially noticeable is the Buena Vista Road Kiosk area by Eagle Marsh. People are often seen walking on the d**e trail to the south of the parking lot, and sometimes when asked by other visitors, they say they did not notice the sign indicating closure. We suggest that the chain on the entrance to this trail be placed again as has been in previous years. We also suggest that a larger sign be placed at the Eagle Marsh d**e trail entrance that indicates “Closure, Do Not Enter” or something similar and also other, larger signs like this at other trail entrances. Thank you for all your work in maintaining the Refuges. We all appreciate it and understand there are funding and staffing issues, but are writing about this issue because of our love of our Refuge!
the link here www.fws.gov/WillametteValley/complex. Does not work. Can you please update?
Happy to apply water repellant to the observation deck.
Dont let the blackberries get wasted..
Hello, We were out at William Finley today. Haven't been out there in a couple of years. The big lake is completely dry. Was that a decision or did it just dry up? We are curious since, over the many years, we've never seen the lake like this. Really wondering what happened?
Photo through a dirty windshield, but out for a walk in Finley NWR today.