Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex Welcome to the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex page! For official information about the Complex, go to http://www.fws.gov/WillametteValley/complex/. For more about the Fish and Wildlife service, go to www.fws.gov.
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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?!

Mission: The Willamette Valley Refuges were created in the 1960's to provide wintering habitat for dusky Canada geese. Unlike other Canada geese, duskies have limited ranges - they winter almost excluseively in the Willamette Valley....as our farming neighbors know all too well....

Finley Refuge Rd is OPEN to vehicles again! Please, when you visit, do your part to keep everyone safe: practice social ...
06/04/2020

Finley Refuge Rd is OPEN to vehicles again!

Please, when you visit, do your part to keep everyone safe: practice social distancing at all times, stay home if you’re sick, and don’t gather in large groups. Pack out what you brought with you.

Plan ahead! Restrooms are still closed and so are the office and Wild Goose Nature Store. Port-a-potties are available at Turtle Flats, Woodpecker Loop and McFadden’s Marsh. Be aware that they are cleaned and serviced once/week, which is less than the recommended 2x/day.

Stay safe and be well!

06/03/2020
Mighty Beavers/Castores Fuertes

Back in March, we had planned a bilingual preschool program all about beavers. Since we were not able to deliver it in person, here is our final bilingual preschool program video of the year, Mighty Beavers! We hope you enjoy it!
(Running Time: 23 minutes)
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En marzo, habíamos planeado un programa preescolar bilingüe sobre castores. Como no pudimos hacerlo en persona, ¡aquí está nuestro video final del programa preescolar bilingüe del año, Castores Fuertes! ¡Esperamos que lo disfrutes!
(Duración: 23 minutos)

05/21/2020
Busy Bees/Abejitas Trabajadoras

Here is our second bilingual preschool program video all about "Busy Bees"! Join us to read stories, explore outdoors and more!
(Running time: 25 mins)
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¡Aquí está nuestro segundo video bilingüe del programa preescolar sobre "Abejas Trabajadoras"! ¡Únete a nosotros para leer historias, explorar al aire libre y más!
(Duración de video: 25 minutos)

It may be a rainy day, but you better "beelieve" we have our virtual bilingual preschool program this Thursday! Our topi...
05/17/2020

It may be a rainy day, but you better "beelieve" we have our virtual bilingual preschool program this Thursday! Our topic is "Busy Bees" and we'll be learning all about the role bees play in pollination.
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Puede ser un día lluvioso, pero igualmente tendremos nuestro programa preescolar virtual bilingüe este jueves! Nuestro tema es "Abejitas Trabajadoras" y aprenderemos todo sobre el papel que juegan las abejas en la polinización.

Photo by: Molly Harrison

05/09/2020
Environment for the Americas

Today is the day, World Migratory Bird Day! We hope you've enjoyed our posts throughout the week about all the different birds of the Willamette Valley Refuges. Check out this cool video part of the Bird Day Live Virtual Festival hosted by Environment for the Americas. Sing songs and learn more about American Kestrels and other birds also found in the Willamette Valley! For more Bird Day Live videos, check out: https://www.birddaylive.com/
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¡Hoy es el día, Día Mundial de las Aves Migratorias! Esperamos que hayan disfrutado nuestras publicaciones durante toda la semana sobre todas las diferentes aves de los Refugios del Valle de Willamette. Echa un vistazo a este genial video que forma parte de Birds Day Live Festival Virtual organizado por Environment for the Americas. ¡Canta canciones y aprende más sobre American Kestrels y otras aves del Valle de Willamette! Para ver más videos de Bird Day Live: https://www.birddaylive.com/

WMBD Day 5: Barn OwlBarn owls are found at all three Refuges year-round ( William L. Finley, Baskett Slough, Ankeny). Th...
05/08/2020

WMBD Day 5: Barn Owl
Barn owls are found at all three Refuges year-round ( William L. Finley, Baskett Slough, Ankeny). They are shy birds and eat a variety of small rodents. To learn more about an owl’s diet, check out our owl pellet dissection video found above.

Today’s tip: Saving energy is a great way to help birds! You can save energy and reduce your carbon footprint by riding your bike or taking a walk to get where you need to go!

Today’s activity: Coloring sheet and owl mask (share them with us by sending to [email protected])
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WMBD Día 5: Lechuza de Campanario
Las lechuzas de campanario se encuentran en los tres refugios durante todo el año (William L. Finley, Baskett Slough, Ankeny). Son aves tímidas y comen una variedad de pequeños roedores. Para obtener más información sobre la dieta de una lechuza o búho, mira nuestro video de disección de bolitas de búho que se encuentra arriba.

Consejo de hoy: ¡Ahorrar energía es una excelente manera de ayudar a las aves! ¡Puede ahorrar energía y reducir su huella de carbono usando su bicicleta o caminando para llegar a donde necesita ir!

Actividad de hoy: Hoja para colorear y máscara de lechuza (compártalos con nosotros enviándolos a [email protected])

05/07/2020
Birding 101

Are you a bird watching beginner? If so, this video is just for you! Our friends at the Institue for Applied Ecology and Mary's River Watershed Council put it together to get you started!
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¿Eres un principiante en la observación de aves? Si es así, ¡este video es solo para ti! ¡Nuestros amigos del Instituto de Ecología Aplicada y el Consejo de la Cuenca del Río Mary's lo reunieron para ayudarte a comenzar!

WMBD Day 4: Northern PintailNorthern Pintails are found at all three Willamette Valley Refuges during winter and spring ...
05/07/2020

WMBD Day 4: Northern Pintail
Northern Pintails are found at all three Willamette Valley Refuges during winter and spring (Ankeny, Baskett Slough & William L. Finley). An easy identifier for this bird is its long tail feather, which is longer in breeding males!

Today’s tip: Pollution is one of the biggest threats to birds. You can help by reducing your use of single-use plastics. Use a metal water bottle and reusable bags when you go grocery shopping!

Today’s activity: Coloring sheet (share it with us by sending to [email protected])
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DMAM Día 4: Pato Cucharón Norteño
El Pato Cucharón Norteño se encuentra en los tres Refugios del Valle de Willamette durante el invierno y la primavera (Ankeny, Baskett Slough y William L. Finley). ¡Un identificador fácil para esta ave es su pluma de cola larga, que es más larga en machos reproductores!

El consejo de hoy: La contaminación es una de las mayores amenazas para las aves. Puede ayudar reduciendo el uso de plásticos de un solo uso. ¡Use una botella de agua de metal y bolsas reutilizables cuando vaya de compras!

Actividad de hoy: Hoja para colorear (compártala con nosotros enviándola a [email protected])

05/07/2020
Plants for Birds, Part Three

Plants for Birds, Part Three! Bill shares amazing information, points out a lot of native plants, and shares why Cascara is his current favorite 🙂

Hi again! Sadly, we are having connection issues this evening. We’ll finish the videos/event and post them here. We were...
05/07/2020

Hi again! Sadly, we are having connection issues this evening. We’ll finish the videos/event and post them here. We were so excited to be with you live. Sorry it didn’t work out this time. Check back for parts two and three!

Resources, plant lists and bird gardening tips can be found at bentonswcd.org!

Happy Natural Areas Celebration Week 🐞

05/07/2020

Hi everyone! Sorry for any confusion. Technical challenges are being worked on. We’ll post the link to the video here! We’ll be live here again in a few minutes!

Plants for Birds HERE 🙂 You’re in the right spot! Just hang tight....

WMBD Day 3: Purple MartinPurple martins are found at the William L. Finley Refuge in spring. They make their home in the...
05/06/2020

WMBD Day 3: Purple Martin
Purple martins are found at the William L. Finley Refuge in spring. They make their home in the nest boxes right by the Refuge office. Purple martins eat all sorts of insects like moths and butterflies!

Today’s tip: Window collisions are one of the biggest threats to birds. The reflective surface can be confusing when they are flying. You can help prevent collisions by placing decals on your windows!

Today’s activity: Coloring sheet and amazing journey activity (share it with us by sending to [email protected]v)
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DMAM Día 3: Golondrina Purpúrea

Golondrinas purúreas se encuentran en el Refugio William L. Finley en primavera. Hacen su hogar en las cajas de nidos justo al lado de la oficina de Refugio. ¡Comen todo tipo de insectos como las polillas y las mariposas!

Consejo de hoy: Las colisiones de ventanas son una de las mayores amenazas para las aves. La superficie reflectante puede ser confusa cuando vuelan. ¡Puede ayudar a prevenir colisiones colocando calcomanías en sus ventanas!

Actividad de hoy: Hoja para colorear y actividad de viaje increíble (compártela enviándonos a [email protected])

As we continue to highlight the various species of the Willamette Valley Refuges for World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), we...
05/05/2020

As we continue to highlight the various species of the Willamette Valley Refuges for World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), we invite you to check out the following online Bird Day Live events (May 7th-9th) such as story time, movies and various speakers. Some events require registration, but all are FREE and many are offered in Spanish!
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A medida que continuamos destacando las diversas especies de los Refugios del Valle de Willamette para el Día Mundial de las Aves Migratorias (DMAM), lo invitamos a ver los siguientes eventos (Mayo 7-9) en línea de Bird Day Live, como la hora del cuento, películas y varias presentaciones. Algunos eventos requieren registro, pero todos son GRATUITOS y muchos se ofrecen en Español!

The #countdown to #WMBD has begun, and our #BirdDayLive website is up and running! Visit BirdDayLive.com to learn more about our Virtual Festival coming up! #WorldMigratoryBirdDay #BirdsConnectOurWorld #DMAM #LasAvesConectanNuestroMundo

WMBD Day 2: Yellow-breasted ChatYellow-breasted chats are found at all three Willamette Valley Refuges during spring and...
05/05/2020

WMBD Day 2: Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-breasted chats are found at all three Willamette Valley Refuges during spring and summer (Ankeny, Baskett Slough & William L. Finley). Check out their unique song in the video below!
https://youtu.be/orgLq1vrIoo

Today’s tip: It’s fun to observe birds from a feeder! It’s also important to keep feeders clean to prevent the spread of disease so birds don’t get sick. Read about how to clean your feeder!

Today’s activity: Coloring sheet (share it with us by sending to [email protected])
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DMAM Día 2: Reinita Grande
La Reinita Grande se encuentra en los tres refugios de Willamette Valley durante la primavera y el verano (Ankeny, Baskett Slough y William L. Finley). ¡Mira su canción única en el video de arriba!

Consejo de hoy: ¡Es divertido observar aves desde un comedero! También es importante mantener los comederos limpios para evitar la propagación de enfermedades para que las aves no se enfermen. ¡Lea acerca de cómo limpiar su comedero!

Actividad de hoy: Hoja para colorear (compártala con nosotros enviándola a [email protected])

WMBD Day 1: American Kestrel American Kestrels are found at all three Willamette Valley Refuges (Ankeny, Baskett Slough ...
05/04/2020

WMBD Day 1: American Kestrel
American Kestrels are found at all three Willamette Valley Refuges (Ankeny, Baskett Slough & William L. Finley). They are seen all year round and are often seen watching for prey from telephone poles.
Today’s tip: Cats can kill birds when they are outside, so keeping your cat indoors is a great way to help birds! Read some ways to keep a happy indoor cat! 🐱
Today’s activity: Coloring sheet (share it with us by sending to [email protected])
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DMAM Día 1: Cernícalo Americano
Los Cernícalos Americanos se encuentran en los tres refugios de Willamette Valley (Ankeny, Baskett Slough y William L. Finley). Se los ve durante todo el año y a menudo se los ve buscando presas desde los postes telefónicos.
Consejo de hoy: Los gatos pueden matar aves cuando están afuera, ¡así que mantener a tu gato adentro es una excelente manera de ayudar a las aves! ¡Lee algunas formas de mantener un gato feliz en su casa! 🐱
Actividad de hoy: Hoja para colorear (para compartir con nosotros envia, a [email protected])

Happy Natural Areas Celebration Week, everyone!We will be hosting a Facebook Live event from William L. Finley National ...
05/02/2020

Happy Natural Areas Celebration Week, everyone!

We will be hosting a Facebook Live event from William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge on May 6th starting at 6 pm. We will host 3 sessions, each about 10 -15 minutes, from different locaitons throughout the Refuge. We hope you can join us!

The original Plants for Birds event was changed from a bus tour so that we could all still get together!

Event brought to you by Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, Bill Proebsting (OSU Profesor Emeritus of Horticulture and Corvallis Audubon President) and the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Next Saturday, May 9th is World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)! This year's theme is "Birds Connect Our World" and we are exc...
05/02/2020

Next Saturday, May 9th is World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)! This year's theme is "Birds Connect Our World" and we are excited to celebrate with you! Throughout the week, we will highlight different birds of the Willamette Valley Refuges and share some activities, tips and tricks for you to help our feathered friends. Stay tuned!
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¡El próximo sábado 9 de mayo es el Día Mundial de las Aves Migratorias (DMAM)! El tema de este año es "Las Aves Conectan Nuestro Mundo" y estamos encantados de celebrarlo con usted! A lo largo de la semana, hablaremos de diferentes aves de los Refugios del Valle de Willamette y compartiremos algunas actividades, consejos y trucos para ayudar a nuestros amigos emplumados. ¡Manténganse al tanto!

Tuesday Trivia! Even when we can't see wildlife, they leave clues behind of where they have been. Did you know deer trac...
04/28/2020

Tuesday Trivia! Even when we can't see wildlife, they leave clues behind of where they have been. Did you know deer tracks are a very common sign of wildlife at the Refuges? You can tell this deer was walking in a muddy area because its toes are a bit spread out.
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Trivia de Martes! Incluso cuando no podemos ver la vida silvestre, dejan pistas de dónde han estado. ¿Sabías que las huellas de los ciervos son signos de animales muy comunes en los Refugios? Se puede ver que este ciervo caminaba en una zona lodosa porque sus dedos están un poco extendidos.

04/24/2020
Finley Feeder Friday

Happy Friday! This white-breasted nuthatch just kept coming back to the feeder today! Can you count how many times he was there?
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¡Feliz viernes! ¡Este trepador pechiblanco seguía volviendo al alimentador hoy! ¿Puedes contar cuántas veces estuvo allí?

Happy Earth Day! What's something you can do to help the planet? While you think of something, check out these beautiful...
04/23/2020

Happy Earth Day! What's something you can do to help the planet? While you think of something, check out these beautiful flowers of the Willamette Valley Refuges!
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¡Feliz día de la Tierra! ¿Qué puedes hacer para ayudar al planeta? Mientras piensas en algo, ¡mira estas hermosas flores de los Refugios del Valle de Willamette!

Photos by: Molly Harrison

04/23/2020
Institute for Applied Ecology

Happy Earth Day!!

Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) did a live prairie tour at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge today. We partner with IAE on many of our restoration projects. Walk with Executive Director, Tom Kaye and see what’s coming up!

Tuesday Trivia!: Did you know that woodpecker tongues are so long, they wrap around their brain? This helps to protect t...
04/21/2020

Tuesday Trivia!: Did you know that woodpecker tongues are so long, they wrap around their brain? This helps to protect their brain when they are pecking trees. The Willamette Valley Refuges are home to many woodpecker species such as acorn woodpeckers, northern flickers, pileated woodpeckers and more!
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¡Trivia del martes !: ¿Sabías que las lenguas de pájaro carpintero son tan largas que se enrollan alrededor de su cerebro? Esto ayuda a proteger su cerebro cuando están picoteando árboles. ¡Los Refugios del Valle de Willamette son el hogar de muchas especies de pájaros carpinteros, como el carpintero bellotero, carpintero de pechera común,carpinteros Norteamericanos y más!

04/16/2020
Trees and Other Greens (Bilingual Preschool Program)

We have a special treat for you! Since our bilingual preschool program could not be done in person today, we made a program video! Learn about "Trees and Other Greens" and let us know what plant life you see in your back yard!
(Running time: 17 minutes)
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¡Tenemos un regalo especial para ti! Dado que nuestro programa preescolar bilingüe no se podía hacer en persona hoy, ¡hicimos un video del programa! ¡Aprende sobre "Árboles y Otras Plantas" y cuéntanos qué vida vegetal ves en tu patio trasero!
(Duración: 17 minutos)

04/14/2020
Owl Pellet Dissection

Ever wonder what an owl eats? Watch this owl pellet dissection and find out!

¿Alguna vez te has preguntado qué come un búho? ¡Mira esta disección de bolitas de búho y descúbrelo!

04/10/2020
Finley Feeder Friday

A little windy, but here’s a look at the bird feeder from the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge! What birds do you see and hear? Do you have a bird feeder at home?

Hace un poco de viento, pero mira el comedero para aves del Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre William L. Finley. ¿Qué aves ves y oyes? ¿Tienes un comedero para aves en casa?

Check this out!  Interpretation experts and Refuge volunteers, Pat and Bobbie Allaire are posting daily nature facts on ...
04/10/2020

Check this out! Interpretation experts and Refuge volunteers, Pat and Bobbie Allaire are posting daily nature facts on a sandwich board in their Keizer neighborhood. The question is on one side/photo and the answer is on the other. See how you do!

A daily dose of driveway nature facts does everybody good :)

A USFWS history tidbit!
04/09/2020

A USFWS history tidbit!

Ask the Historian: A New FWS History Feature.

When did the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service begin?

Normally this is a simple question, but for our agency the answer is more complex. On July 1, 1940, the previously independent Bureau of Biological Survey and Bureau of Fisheries were combined into the newly named Fish and Wildlife Service in the U.S. Department of the Interior.

But the mission of our agency goes back much farther to February 9, 1871 when the U.S. Commission of Fish and Fisheries (later the Bureau of Fisheries) was established. This earliest federal wildlife restoration effort involved starting scientific research into fish restoration and creating the first national fish hatchery in 1872. As such we trace our roots back to 1871 with a continuing mission to conserve America's fish and wildlife resources for future generations. In 2021 we will celebrate our 150th Anniversary as an agency.

Every week our U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Historian gets dozens of questions. We will share some of the more common and interesting questions with our Facebook friends.

Images: Early USFWS Logo and Current Logo

Address

26208 Finley Refuge Rd
Corvallis, OR
97333

Our Refuges are near a lot of larger towns (Corvallis, Albany, Salem, Dallas, Junction City) but we are rather rural... Funny, our animals like being away from the hustle and bustle :) Taking a bus is tricky but some people bike out here! And carpooling is always encouraged.

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I visit Finley as often as I can, coming up from Eugene each weekend if I can manage it. I fully understand why the drive into the refuge on the south side was closed; however, I was wondering if there were plans to reopen part/all of that side. Clearly safety is always top priority. Yet I am missing my baby bunny fix...😊 I am seeing some on Bruce Rd, but not nearly as many as I have spotted on Finley Rd. Thank you for all you do to care for this amazing refuge. It truly is keeping me sane, especially right now. Be safe. Be well.
Hi Everyone! Thanks for tuning in to our walk at Finley. Due to a lack of cell phone service at some of our areas, we are unable to do a live video or post the videos. We will record and post the videos for your enjoyment tomorrow. Thank you for your patience!
Has the Plants for Birds started?
A lovely video my daughter made of our visit 4/25/2020, I thought you guys might like it.
Is Baskett Slough open with the govt shutdown? Does anyone know?
Great Egred Ankeny NWR 9/25/2018 Never get tired of watching these great birds .
Sunset over construction of the new Nature Center .
Sunset over the construction of the new nature center at Ankeny NWR .
Tripping hazard on Rail Trail at Ankeny. I fell hard on my head. Chicken wire is jagged and trip hazard on boardwalk. Got a black eye Ct scan ok.
Purple Martin at Finley is singing.
I photographed this Western Tanager was photographed today at Finley NWR.