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/.
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For more about the Fish and Wildlife service, go to www.fws.gov. 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?!

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

In every season, on any given day, your Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges offer permanent and temporary homes ...
05/21/2021

In every season, on any given day, your Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges offer permanent and temporary homes to millions of species; many of them rare, threatened and/or endangered.

Check out this rare beauty spotted up on Baskett Butte at Baskett Slough Refuge! Striped coralroot (Corallorhiza striata) takes up to sixteen years to reach flowering size, and they are incredibly small and fragile. It is considered rare across much of its Northern range by many botanists.

Striped coralroot is a member of the Orchidaceae family. In Oregon, it is primarily found in the Klamath mountains, Wallowa's, and in the Willamette Valley/Columbia River Gorge (which is its highest population concentration in Oregon). Striped coralroot is a perennial myco-heterotroph, which means it obtains all of its nutrients from the network of mycorrhizal fungi below the soil surface on Baskett Butte. It grows only in open forests and woodlands and was growing in the oak woodland and savanna ecotone up on the Butte underneath a Oceanspray bush (Holodiscus discolor), which is known to commonly host a few other parasitic plants. The pollination method of this plant is largely unknown, but some parasitic wasps (Pimpla spp.) have been documented regularly visiting plants across its range.

This photo and write-up is brought to you by Marissa Lane-Massee, a new seasonal Biological Technician at the Complex. If you haven't seen her out in the fields at Ankeny and Baskett Slough combating weeds and allowing native species to thrive, you will! Welcome and thank you, Marissa!

In every season, on any given day, your Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges offer permanent and temporary homes to millions of species; many of them rare, threatened and/or endangered.

Check out this rare beauty spotted up on Baskett Butte at Baskett Slough Refuge! Striped coralroot (Corallorhiza striata) takes up to sixteen years to reach flowering size, and they are incredibly small and fragile. It is considered rare across much of its Northern range by many botanists.

Striped coralroot is a member of the Orchidaceae family. In Oregon, it is primarily found in the Klamath mountains, Wallowa's, and in the Willamette Valley/Columbia River Gorge (which is its highest population concentration in Oregon). Striped coralroot is a perennial myco-heterotroph, which means it obtains all of its nutrients from the network of mycorrhizal fungi below the soil surface on Baskett Butte. It grows only in open forests and woodlands and was growing in the oak woodland and savanna ecotone up on the Butte underneath a Oceanspray bush (Holodiscus discolor), which is known to commonly host a few other parasitic plants. The pollination method of this plant is largely unknown, but some parasitic wasps (Pimpla spp.) have been documented regularly visiting plants across its range.

This photo and write-up is brought to you by Marissa Lane-Massee, a new seasonal Biological Technician at the Complex. If you haven't seen her out in the fields at Ankeny and Baskett Slough combating weeds and allowing native species to thrive, you will! Welcome and thank you, Marissa!

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge today! ☀️🐞
05/20/2021

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge today! ☀️🐞

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge today! ☀️🐞

Yes, we are celebrating Migratory Bird Day all month but any day is great for Belted Kingfisher Yoga! You can print one ...
05/20/2021

Yes, we are celebrating Migratory Bird Day all month but any day is great for Belted Kingfisher Yoga! You can print one from our website (www.fws.gov/refuge/william_l_finley/) or stop by the pop-up activity stations next to Cabell Lodge.

Special thanks to Armando Gonzalez-Dorta for creating these amazing bird graphics! He took a break from making professional super heroes and volunteered his time for this project. Thank you! ❤️

There has been a rare bird sighting at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge.  A Garganey duck was first spotted on Th...
05/20/2021

There has been a rare bird sighting at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. A Garganey duck was first spotted on Thursday and humans have flocked to see it. Recent whereabouts are unknown but this picture was taken from Saturday, from the Hwy 22 Overlook.

The Garganey duck is a dabbling duck** that is not usually found anywhere near here. It breeds across Eurasia and winters in Africa and southern Asia. It is migration season but our Pacific Flyway is a long way from this duck's flyway (African-Eurasian)..... We're glad it found this Refuge and we hope it finds the recovery and food it needs to continue safely on its journey.

**a dabblling duck will tip itself down and under the water to graze on aquatic plants and insects. If you only see the rear end of a duck sticking up out of the water, then you know it's a dabbling duck!

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at William L. Finley Refuge today!
05/14/2021

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at William L. Finley Refuge today!

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at William L. Finley Refuge today!

Just a little update on Nature Explore Area creation at the Ankeny Hill Nature Center!
05/13/2021

Just a little update on Nature Explore Area creation at the Ankeny Hill Nature Center!

The proposal to expand hunting opportunities at Snag Boat Bend has been published in the Federal Register and is out for...
05/11/2021

The proposal to expand hunting opportunities at Snag Boat Bend has been published in the Federal Register and is out for a 60-day public review and comment.

The link to our website (below) will take you to the Public Service Announcement, all of the information, details and documents.
Within the information is the email address for submitting comments.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/William_L_Finley/what_we_do/conservation/Snag_boat_bend_hunt.html

The proposal to expand hunting opportunities at Snag Boat Bend has been published in the Federal Register and is out for a 60-day public review and comment.

The link to our website (below) will take you to the Public Service Announcement, all of the information, details and documents.
Within the information is the email address for submitting comments.

https://www.fws.gov/refuge/William_L_Finley/what_we_do/conservation/Snag_boat_bend_hunt.html

Hiding in plain sight....#habitat2me
05/10/2021

Hiding in plain sight....
#habitat2me

Hiding in plain sight....
#habitat2me

Roving Ranger Eduardo is hosting a special World Migratory Bird Day Roving Ranger at Cabell Lodge all day today! There a...
05/08/2021

Roving Ranger Eduardo is hosting a special World Migratory Bird Day Roving Ranger at Cabell Lodge all day today! There are activities along the trail and prizes too!

We are celebrating two events this month: World Migratory Bird Day and Natural Areas Celebration Week!Both will be celeb...
05/06/2021

We are celebrating two events this month: World Migratory Bird Day and Natural Areas Celebration Week!

Both will be celebrated all month and everything is in Spanish and English 😊🦆🌸

World Migratory Bird Day:
We set-up three pop-up stations! Visit the Homer Campbell Boardwalk for Belted Kingfisher Yoga and visit Cabell Lodge for two activities: Turkey Vulture Cafe and a migration game that takes you out to Cabell Marsh.

Natural Areas Celebration Week:
Visit a kiosk at William L. Finley Refuge and grab a wildflower guide to help you Id the flowers around you. Take a self guided wildflower walk through the Refuge!

Special thanks to our partners and volunteers: Institute for Applied Ecology, Environment for the Americas, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, Willamette-Laja Twinning Partnership and Pat and Bobbie Allaire.

Bird speed dating #2
05/06/2021

Bird speed dating #2

Meet our second #WMBDate of the week (🥁): Liam the painted bunting! Liam is a graphic designer who's hoping his colorful exterior will draw a smile.

More about Liam:
🗺️Fave hangouts: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma... and I spend my winters in Mexico or Central America. You may even find some of my relatives in South Carolina.
👀Looking for: I’m looking for someone special to join in my flashy ways.
❓About me: I like to color outside the lines and sport all the colors of the rainbow. Once I find love, I will go to great lengths to protect my sweetheart and our home. I have been trained in keen fighting moves and have won several matches.

Get ready to cast your vote tomorrow!
📷: South Carolina's Santee National #WildlifeRefuge by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Happy World Migratory Bird Day(s)!!!
05/06/2021

Happy World Migratory Bird Day(s)!!!

Meet our first #WMBDate! Oliver the yellow warbler is like a Broadway vocalist who wants to serenade his way into your heart!
More about Oliver:

🗺️Fave hangouts: Anywhere north in summer. I spend my winters in Mexico and Central America.

👀Looking for: Footlights, applause and a long-term run with you, baby.

❓About me: Gotta song in my heart, and I can’t keep it in! I shine in the spotlight and love to spread cheer. Pretty easy-going. Might even help you build our nest. If anyone tries to challenge me, I will have a sing-off with them. Hope you don’t mind.😘
Tune in Thursday to cast your vote on your favorite #WMBDate!

📸Ohio River Islands National #WildlifeRefuge in West Virginia (Michael Schramm/USFWS)

Today's Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool Programs just wrapped up for the day but Eduardo and this friend will be back ...
04/29/2021

Today's Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool Programs just wrapped up for the day but Eduardo and this friend will be back at Eagle Marsh on Saturday for more programs all about beavers/castores!

Thanks to the families and pods that joined us today!

Today's Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool Programs just wrapped up for the day but Eduardo and this friend will be back at Eagle Marsh on Saturday for more programs all about beavers/castores!

Thanks to the families and pods that joined us today!

There is a new (old) William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge entrance sign along Bellfountain Road. The sign has been...
04/29/2021

There is a new (old) William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge entrance sign along Bellfountain Road. The sign has been in the Big Red Barn for a few decades but it’s still a big brown Refuge System beauty and will greet you on your next visit!

There is a new (old) William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge entrance sign along Bellfountain Road. The sign has been in the Big Red Barn for a few decades but it’s still a big brown Refuge System beauty and will greet you on your next visit!

The Nature Explore Area is starting to take shape! When the Ankeny Hill Nature Center opens we think this will be a favo...
04/29/2021

The Nature Explore Area is starting to take shape! When the Ankeny Hill Nature Center opens we think this will be a favorite spot for littles and bigs alike.

Studies show that kids that play and spend time in nature have increased concentration and cognitive skills, along with enhanced creativity and problem solving skills. We are excited to create this nature space for families - especially those with young kids.

Inside the Little Loop Trail will be an alder tunnel, tree parts shelter building area, grass hill, wood bridges, a rock tunnel, wetland scrape, logs, prairie trail, boulders and endless more elements that kids will think up.....

Kiddos: build your confidence and sense of wonder here - maybe before you can even walk - for your many outdoor explorations and adventures to come! Inspiring a love for nature can start early 🌱🐞🐛

This series of a Great Egret taking off and flying was taken by Owen Dell. This bird played a big role in the early days...
04/27/2021

This series of a Great Egret taking off and flying was taken by Owen Dell. This bird played a big role in the early days of conservation. They were hunted almost to extinction for their beautiful plumes in the late 1800s. Conservation efforts saved them and brought about some of the first laws that protected birds. They are quite common now and for that we feel like flying, too :)

Next time you’re at Snag Boat Bend, look for the basking Western Pond turtles on the log out in Lake Creek, just beyond ...
04/23/2021

Next time you’re at Snag Boat Bend, look for the basking Western Pond turtles on the log out in Lake Creek, just beyond the picnic table (there were two out there today). Also, there are quite a few fresh beaver chew trees! Not to mention the bird activity and flowering native trees!

Snag Boat Bend is a Unit of William L. Finley Refuge located south of Hwy 34 along Peoria Rd. The little town of Peoria is just to the north of this special piece of Willamette River floodplain. So close to Albany, Corvallis and Junction City!

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 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.