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?!

Today and Saturday are Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool programs!! Both days are full but there are slots available in ...
03/25/2021

Today and Saturday are Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool programs!! Both days are full but there are slots available in future months. www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084dacad2aa0ff2-ankeny

If you want to participate in Winter Wildlife Field Day(s) (www.winterwildlifefieldday.org) and/or need your patch and activity kit, stop by Eagle Marsh at Ankeny Refuge today or Saturday! We can give that to you!

Patch and activity kit pick-up will continue through March 31st in Benton County! For this week: today = Martin Luther King Jr. Park until 5:30 pm. Tomorrow at Starker Park from 9 - 12 and Saturday at Village Green from 9 - 12:30!

This flock of 12 dusky Canada geese has been hanging out by this pond at William L. Finley Refuge for days now. It won’t...
03/20/2021

This flock of 12 dusky Canada geese has been hanging out by this pond at William L. Finley Refuge for days now. It won’t be long before they’re gone.... headed back to the Copper River Delta in Alaska where they summer and breed. Many safe returns (with yougin’s in tow)!!

Migration flights usually begin at dusk so one morning they will just be gone (until next fall when they come back).

Goslings learn to fly between 2-3 months of age. For the first year, they stay with their parents and will follow them for the first migration. Then the young geese form groups with other young geese.

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring!  Which means the end of Winter but not the end of Winter Wildlife Field Days! 🦝🦝🦝🦝Y...
03/19/2021

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring! Which means the end of Winter but not the end of Winter Wildlife Field Days! 🦝🦝🦝🦝

Yes, we set the event dates for March 1st - March 14th but we will leave the website and almost all of its activities up all year! Take your time, have fun getting out into nature, and thank you for sharing your stories and pictures with us. We've loved creating this bilingual nature adventure for you.

Patch and activity kit pick-up continues! Tomorrow we're at Village Green in the morning (9 - 12:30) and Starker in the afternoon (1:30 - 4:30). If you are participating from farther away, email us: [email protected] and we'll mail it to you.

For quick reference:
www.winterwildlifefieldday.org
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084dacad2aa0ff2-picking

Kudos and thanks to the amazing WWFD Team! Chintimini Wildlife Center, OSU Extension Benton Co. 4-H, USFWS Willamette Valley Refuges, OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association, Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Corvallis Audubon, Starker Forests, Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Willamette-Laja Twinning Partnership, Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub, Corvallis-Benton County Library, Benton SWCD, Straub Outdoors, Corvallis Environmental Center, Institute for Applied Ecology, Mary's River Watershed Council, Town and Country Realty, and Community Health Centers of Benton County.

*The racoon activity in the Parks won't be available after today and the William L. Finley Refuge pop-up stations will change to bird activities in May, in honor of World Migratory Bird Day.

Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System! 🎊🎉🐞🦊🐸🦅🐛🐿🌱🍂🎂🧁
03/15/2021

Happy Birthday, National Wildlife Refuge System! 🎊🎉🐞🦊🐸🦅🐛🐿🌱🍂🎂🧁

Today marks the 118th birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System. President Roosevelt created the first wildlife refuges to protect birds that were disappearing due to overhunting. Today, the ever growing USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System is still a respite for birds and wildlife as well as a destination for people to experience world class recreation, wildlife watching and nature photography. What's your favorite national wildlife refuge? Let's celebrate these amazing places and share our refuge experiences below. Pic of Tamarac Wildlife Refuge by David Baer (sharetheexperience.com)

Happy sunny Thursday! ☀️ We love hearing about your Winter Wildlife Field Days adventures!  Your squirrel nests, nature ...
03/12/2021

Happy sunny Thursday! ☀️

We love hearing about your Winter Wildlife Field Days adventures! Your squirrel nests, nature mosaics, classroom meetings with Chintimini Wildlife Center’s birds, identifying trees..... We’re glad you’re enjoying the event!

Patch and activity pick-up for the rest of the week:
Tunison today until 5:30!
Tomorrow (3/12) from 10:30 - 1:30 in the Philomath Library parking lot and at Village Green Park from 2:30 - 5:30
Saturday (3/13) from 10 - 1 at Cloverland Park and from 2:30 - 5:30 at Lilly Park.

Winter Wildlife Field Days’ activity kit and Wildlife Explorer patch pick-up starts today! We’re at Cloverland today fro...
03/08/2021

Winter Wildlife Field Days’ activity kit and Wildlife Explorer patch pick-up starts today! We’re at Cloverland today from 10 am - 1 pm.

There are lots of options for pick-up this week and through March 31st!

For information on other pick-up locations and times visit: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e084dacad2aa0ff2-picking

Thank you OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association for getting a grant to have these 800 kits made!

Interpretive panels and the sign went in at the Ankeny Hill Nature Center! We still have a few more tasks to complete bu...
03/06/2021

Interpretive panels and the sign went in at the Ankeny Hill Nature Center! We still have a few more tasks to complete but Spring and opening aren’t too far off now! ❤️

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex
03/05/2021

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Snap shots from the week at the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges! ‘Tis the season for planting wildflower plu...
03/05/2021

Snap shots from the week at the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges! ‘Tis the season for planting wildflower plugs and bulbs, working rough roads, and Winter Wildlife Field Days!

How are your Winter Wildlife Field Days adventures going?! We’d love to see and hear what you’re up to! Tag us on Facebo...
03/03/2021

How are your Winter Wildlife Field Days adventures going?! We’d love to see and hear what you’re up to! Tag us on Facebook or share here!

Have you added to the community nature mosaic? Tried identifying trees? Hunted for habitat elements? Started a Nature journal? Visited a Refuge activity station? The last few days have been perfect for solar art and the live book readings are incredible to hear in 3 languages.

We hope you’re enjoying lots of nature adventures!!!

Tonight at 7 pm there will be a live reading of Nuestra Casa / Our Home!  This book was written and illustrated just for...
03/02/2021

Tonight at 7 pm there will be a live reading of Nuestra Casa / Our Home! This book was written and illustrated just for Winter Wildlife Field Days by some talented OSU Fisheries and Wildlife graduate students: Christopher Cousins, Dr. Tiffany Garcia, Isabel Justiniano, Jessica Li and Jordan Eaton.

It will be read in 3 languages!

Here's the Zoom link and schedule of future readings:
https://oregonstate.zoom.us/j/93432901553?pwd=UUJFQjNWNk9uaDIvWHFwN3k3NXIwdz09

Mar 1, 2021 07:00 PM - English/Spanish/Mandarin
Mar 3, 2021 11:00 AM - English/Spanish
Mar 6, 2021 11:00 AM - English/Spanish
Mar 8, 2021 07:00 PM - English/Spanish/Mandarin
Mar 10, 2021 11:00 AM - English/Spanish
Mar 13, 2021 11:00 AM - English/Spanish

Happy 1st Day of Winter Wildlife Field Day(s) 2021!! 🦝🦊🐜🌾🐝🐇🐦🐋🦋🌲Go to www.winterwildlifefieldday.org and scroll down to A...
03/01/2021

Happy 1st Day of Winter Wildlife Field Day(s) 2021!!
🦝🦊🐜🌾🐝🐇🐦🐋🦋🌲

Go to www.winterwildlifefieldday.org and scroll down to Activities / Actividades to start exploring the nature in your neighborhood! There are over 30 activities to choose from and enjoy over the weeks to come.

The activity kit that goes with the "salamander" activity on the passport can be picked up with your Wildlife Exploer patch starting March 8th. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084dacad2aa0ff2-picking

The WWFD Team worked really hard to create this event for you and we hope you enjoy it! Chintimini Wildlife Center, OSU Extension Benton Co. 4-H, USFWS Willamette Valley Refuges, OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association, Corvallis Parks and Recreation, Corvallis Audubon, Starker Forests, Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Willamette-Laja Twinning Partnership, Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub, Corvallis-Benton County Library, Benton SWCD, Straub Outdoors, Corvallis Environmental Center, Institute for Applied Ecology, Mary's River Watershed Council, Town and Country Realty, and Community Health Centers of Benton County.

It has been a full day of Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool Programs at Eagle Marsh! The theme this month is “Amazing An...
02/25/2021

It has been a full day of Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool Programs at Eagle Marsh! The theme this month is “Amazing Animal Adaptations/Asombrosas Adaptaciones de los Animales”.

There is one opening tomorrow and a few slots left for the dates in March, April and May. Slots/sign-up is by family or quarantine pod:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084dacad2aa0ff2-ankeny

Rail Trail at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge was cleared and is open.  📸 A Larry Clack egret for your Monday
02/22/2021

Rail Trail at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge was cleared and is open.

📸 A Larry Clack egret for your Monday

The Winter Wildlife Field Day(s) Banner has been flying above Harrison Blvd in downtown Corvallis this month. It comes d...
02/21/2021

The Winter Wildlife Field Day(s) Banner has been flying above Harrison Blvd in downtown Corvallis this month. It comes down tomorrow but that just means the event is right around the corner.... March 1st isn’t far off!

Thank you Brad Johnson Signs for making this (and modifying it each year), Jeanne Taylor for creating the artwork, the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex for sponsoring, and to the City for helping with outreach!

Today’s Roving Ranger location is William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge! Eduardo will be at a few popular stops. Br...
02/20/2021

Today’s Roving Ranger location is William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge! Eduardo will be at a few popular stops. Bruce Rd right now 👍

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at the Rich Guadagno Trailhead at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge today!
02/19/2021

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at the Rich Guadagno Trailhead at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge today!

The Winter Wildlife Field Days Passport is in 7 Corvallis City Parks, ready for pick-up! LillyTunisonStarker (by the amp...
02/18/2021

The Winter Wildlife Field Days Passport is in 7 Corvallis City Parks, ready for pick-up!

Lilly
Tunison
Starker (by the amphitheater)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Cloverland
Garfield
Village Green

Muddy Creek Charter School students will get a copy through school and the Corvallis School District will be distributing the Passport to some 2nd and 3rd graders.

All of the bilingual nature, science and wildlife activities will be posted to www.winterwildlifefieldday.org on March 1st!

The recent storm brought down a lot of trees along Rail Trail at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. It is temporarily clos...
02/17/2021

The recent storm brought down a lot of trees along Rail Trail at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. It is temporarily closed until we can get it cleared.

This week you will be able to pick up your Winter Wildlife Field Days passport in 7 Corvallis City Parks: Garfield, Clov...
02/16/2021

This week you will be able to pick up your Winter Wildlife Field Days passport in 7 Corvallis City Parks: Garfield, Cloverland, Village Green, Martin Luther King Jr., Lilly, Tunison and Starker!

Town and Country Realty donated the signs and brochure boxes (thank you!) and we turned them into Winter Wildlife Field Days passport stations. We posted a picture of the passport sign so you'll know what to look for. We'll let you know when all of the signs get installed!

The passport, drawn by the talented Jeanne Taylor, is a coloring page on the front side and also tells you where to go to reach all of the dozens of bilingual nature activities. Hint: www.winterwildlifefieldday.org. On the back of the passport, you'll see drawings paired with the activities that partners developed for you. Once you've completed the activity or activities, color in the icon!

Bring your completed passport to one of the dozens of patch pick up locations (from March 8 - March 31) to receive your Wildlife Explorer Patch! We'll be handing out activity packets as well, that pair with the whale and strawberry DNA extraction activities created by the OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association.

Throughout Winter Wildlife Field Days (March 1st - 14th) we would love for you to post about your adventures on social media! Share your science, stories, journaling, creations and fun with us: Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex We'll do random drawings for prizes!

Wait until you see what the Winter Wildlfie Field Days' partners have created for you! A huge shout-out to the Team: Chintimini Wildlife Center, USFWS, OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association, Corvallis Audubon, Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation, OSU Extension Benton Co. 4-H, Willamette-Laja Twinning Partnership, Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Community Health Centers of Benton and Linn Counties, Straub Outdoors, Mary's River Watershed Council, Town and Country Realty and Institute for Applied Ecology.

This rainbow has been smiling over William L. Finley Refuge for hours now..... We hope there’s one where you are, too.Ph...
02/15/2021

This rainbow has been smiling over William L. Finley Refuge for hours now..... We hope there’s one where you are, too.

Photo credit: USFWS and Barbara Stone

Roving Ranger Eduardo has been at Rail Trail today! If you’re hiking the boardwalk trails at any of the Refuges, please ...
02/12/2021

Roving Ranger Eduardo has been at Rail Trail today! If you’re hiking the boardwalk trails at any of the Refuges, please use caution because they could be icy.

Ellen Dymit, a PhD student at OSU in Fisheries and Wildlife, made these cartoons for Winter Wildlife Field Days (happeni...
02/12/2021

Ellen Dymit, a PhD student at OSU in Fisheries and Wildlife, made these cartoons for Winter Wildlife Field Days (happening SOON: March 1st - 14th) to remind kids to be Covid safe as they work on their activities.

Thank you, Ellen, these are amazing!

The OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Association is one of the partners working to bring you the 2021 Winter Wildlife Field Days!

Starting March 1st ALL of the bilingual environmental education activities will be posted! www.winterwildlifefieldday.org

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at Rail Trail at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge today! Happy sunny Tuesday! ☀️
02/09/2021

Roving Ranger Eduardo is at Rail Trail at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge today!

Happy sunny Tuesday! ☀️

Staff has been clearing out blackberry along the sides of Finley Refuge Rd. Equipment is out again today. Thanks for lea...
02/09/2021

Staff has been clearing out blackberry along the sides of Finley Refuge Rd. Equipment is out again today. Thanks for leaving them room to work.

Rail Trail is open again! The tree did quite a bit of damage but we finished work on the boardwalk today. Hike on! Bird ...
02/09/2021

Rail Trail is open again! The tree did quite a bit of damage but we finished work on the boardwalk today. Hike on! Bird on!

When you do hike the trail again, be on the lookout for Long-eared owls. Seven of them have been seen roosting together in the trees along Rail Trail! 🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉🦉

Communal roosting outside of the breeding season is common for this species. Long-eared owls usually form monogamous pairs. It’s thought that pairs bond in winter before the communal roosts disband. Maybe we have some future mates in this mix!

(This picture is not from today but we sure are looking forward to green up!)

We are excited to announce (and show you!) the Ankeny Hill Nature Center website! When we open the gates and doors you’l...
02/09/2021
Ankeny Hill Nature Center

We are excited to announce (and show you!) the Ankeny Hill Nature Center website! When we open the gates and doors you’ll be able to experience it all for yourself. Until then, enjoy your journey through the website!

Huge thanks to Salem Audubon’s Mike Williams for the countless hours he spent on this. His talent is incredible.

It is now live: https://www.ankenyhillnaturecenter.org

A Natural Place for Learning Ankeny Hill Nature Center provides interpretation and environmental education for people of all ages, cultures and abilities. Opening Late Spring 2021. Please check this site often for updates. Ankeny Hill Nature Center HighlightsSomething For Every VisitorThe Ankeny H....

Jeremiah Maghan, our Fire Management Officer, is getting some much deserved press and a big shout out by our region, USF...
02/08/2021
USFWS Columbia Pacific Northwest

Jeremiah Maghan, our Fire Management Officer, is getting some much deserved press and a big shout out by our region, USFWS Columbia Pacific Northwest.

KUDOS to our team member and friend!!!

To call 2020 a whirlwind of a year for Jeremiah Maghan would be an understatement. As a firefighter for the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, he went from the Land Down Under to having his own world turned upside down in the last 14 months. It was his family — both his immediate family and his extended firefighting family — that helped him through it all.
In the photos below, Jeremiah gets a nuzzle from a young wombat that was rescued during bushfires in Australia.

US Geological Survey (USGS) researcher Brome McCreary was out surveying for Northern red-legged frogs at William L. Finl...
02/08/2021

US Geological Survey (USGS) researcher Brome McCreary was out surveying for Northern red-legged frogs at William L. Finley Refuge when he found a Western pond turtle nest near Turtle Flats.

Western pond turtles are one of our native turtles and their numbers are very low. Washington State actually lists it as endangered and here in Oregon our numbers are only slightly higher. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) refers to it as a sensitive species and it's one of the animals that the Willamette Valley Refuges tries to provide habitat for. Seeing this nest is incredibly exciting even if the turtles might not have hatched.

It's not easy being a Western pond turtle. Reproductive age is often not until 10 years old and baby turtles under three years old are prey for multiple invasive species, such as bullfrogs and large-mouth bass. They nest near ponds but have to travel across land between ponds and sometimes across roads (Finley Refuge Rd. is one!) making them vulnerable. They are quite long lived if they have the chance to be, and can live up to 70 years.

Initially hopeful that finding this nest meant that turtles had hatched, in reality the nest might been depredated. Either way, this find tells us information about nest sites. We are hopeful there will be successful nests nearby if these didn’t make it.

Eduardo, the Roving Ranger, is at Baskett Slough Refuge today!
02/06/2021

Eduardo, the Roving Ranger, is at Baskett Slough Refuge today!

We had to temporarily close Rail Trail past the first bench. Trees came down and have damaged the boardwalk. Thanks for ...
02/05/2021

We had to temporarily close Rail Trail past the first bench. Trees came down and have damaged the boardwalk. Thanks for your patience as we address this!

We just finished the Winter Wildlife Field Day(s) display in the storefront at Footwise in downtown Corvallis!  Stop by ...
02/03/2021

We just finished the Winter Wildlife Field Day(s) display in the storefront at Footwise in downtown Corvallis! Stop by at the corner of 3rd and Madison.

Families, we made it easy to play eye spy!

How many butterflies can you find hidden throughout?

This year’s event will be March 1st - 14th and the theme is “Nature in your Neighborhood”. Visit www.winterwildlifefieldday.org for details.

Winter Wildlife Field Day(s) is a bilingual environmental education event usually held at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. This year it’s online for two weeks! A team of eighteen partners are bringing you SO many activities, in both Spanish and English: hands-on science, games, pop-pop installations, crafts, videos, and much more! And of course the patch and passport are back 🙌❤️😊

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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(541) 757-7236

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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.