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....

02/12/2020

Bring your camera and come to the Friends event "Putting A Face on the Refuge", Sunday March 1st. Guest speaker Mike Larsen will go over all things wildlife photography and even share some photos too! See you then :)
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Traiga su cámara y venga al evento de Friends "Putting a Face on the Refuge", el domingo 1 de marzo. El orador invitado Mike Larsen repasará todas las cosas relacionadas con la fotografía de vida silvestre e incluso compartirá algunas fotos también. Hasta entonces :)

A few more photos from Jeremiah's camera to share with you all....
02/10/2020

A few more photos from Jeremiah's camera to share with you all....

Welcome Back, Jeremiah!  We are happy to report that Fire Management Offcier, Jeremiah Maghan has returned home after a ...
02/10/2020

Welcome Back, Jeremiah! We are happy to report that Fire Management Offcier, Jeremiah Maghan has returned home after a month in Australia, fighting fires. He has quite the stories! ...sawing eucalyptus trees, miles of fire line, helping koalas and joeys, eating vegemite sandwiches, the amazing people, intense floods and trying to make it back to camp... Thank you, Jeremiah for representing us and making us proud while helping our camrades with their fires!

The last "Where in the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex are we?" picture was a toughie.  Does this loc...
02/05/2020

The last "Where in the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex are we?" picture was a toughie. Does this location look familiar? Photo Credit: Larry Clack

It was a rainy and muddy day, but we were able to plant so many beautiful native trees and shrubs at the Gopher Valley r...
01/29/2020

It was a rainy and muddy day, but we were able to plant so many beautiful native trees and shrubs at the Gopher Valley riparian planting! Thank you to all our hard working volunteers for making this possible :)

01/29/2020

Rare Bird Alert: a male tufted duck was seen (and verified) today in Field 16 (Lone Tree wetland) across from the Homer Campbell Trailhead entrance!! If you get a picture, please do share! Just bring your good lens(es) because we're in sanctuary season :)

Wanna play a fun game?  Where in the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex are we?  Look at the photo and s...
01/29/2020

Wanna play a fun game? Where in the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex are we? Look at the photo and see if you can tell not only which Refuge, but where at that Refuge! Photo Credit: Larry Clack

Birds really are SO cool. Happy Willamette Valley Bird Symposium Day! This picture was created by Dale Mitchell, a Willa...
01/25/2020

Birds really are SO cool. Happy Willamette Valley Bird Symposium Day!

This picture was created by Dale Mitchell, a Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex volunteer.

Hundreds of swans, pintails and geese in the wetlands at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. There are regularly four eagle...
01/18/2020

Hundreds of swans, pintails and geese in the wetlands at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. There are regularly four eagles to watch at Pintail or Eagle Marshes (depending on where they’re perched or hunting). The pictures are from Eagle Marsh and Wigeon Marsh, which is just across the road.

Wings and sounds galore, makes the heart soar!

National spotlight on Jim Leonard’s photo and Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge!! Congrats!! Fun captions, too.
01/17/2020

National spotlight on Jim Leonard’s photo and Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge!! Congrats!! Fun captions, too.

CAPTION CALL! What can we say about this bufflehead at Oregon’s Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge http://go.usa.gov/xnAZm? Jot your clever thoughts below. We’ll pick a winner tomorrow.
📷: Jim Leonard

Thank you, volunteers! Yesterday you helped us get hundreds of native wildflower plugs into the ground! We don’t often h...
01/16/2020

Thank you, volunteers! Yesterday you helped us get hundreds of native wildflower plugs into the ground! We don’t often host volunteer events on the private land easements USFWS manages. This was a special event, made special by you, and all for conservation! Thank you so much.

Thanks for joining us at the Science Pub last night!  It's always fun to talk about these special places and share an ev...
01/15/2020

Thanks for joining us at the Science Pub last night! It's always fun to talk about these special places and share an evening with folks who care about wild things! You asked some great questions and as promised, we wanted to post the answers here for you:

1) How many Fender's blue butterflies were released at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, as a part of the reintroduction? In 2014, 180 adults were released and 40 larvae. In 2015: 20 adults. In 2016: 60 adults. The pictures are from the May, 21st 2015 release on Pigeon Butte.

2) Sadly, the heron rookery (or heronry) that someone asked about at Snag Boat Bend is no longer there. We think neighborhood bald eagles hazed the herons and they moved on to new nesting grounds.

Beautiful fungus! Anyone know what this is? Found along the Mill Hill Trail at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refug...
01/14/2020

Beautiful fungus! Anyone know what this is?

Found along the Mill Hill Trail at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge.

Don't forget, our very first bilingual preschool program starts on Thursday, January 16th at the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge!...
01/10/2020

Don't forget, our very first bilingual preschool program starts on Thursday, January 16th at the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge! Session times are as follows:

9:30 - 10:30 am
OR
11 am - 12 pm

Our theme is "Geese & Swans" and we'll be meeting at the Eagle Marsh kiosk. See you there!
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¡No olvide que nuestro primer programa preescolar bilingüe comienza el jueves 16 de enero en el Refugio de Vida Silvestre Ankeny! Los tiempos de sesión son los siguientes:

9:30 - 10:30 am
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11 am - 12 pm

Nuestro tema es "Gansos y cisnes" y nos reuniremos en el quiosco Eagle Marsh. ¡Nos vemos allí!

Photo Credit: Laura Lenci

We want to recognize one of our staff members.  Fire Management Officer, Jeremiah Maghan is currently over in Australia ...
01/10/2020

We want to recognize one of our staff members. Fire Management Officer, Jeremiah Maghan is currently over in Australia helping them fight the many fires raging there. Here he is (pictured at right) deplaning in Australia at the beginning of the month. He was among the first firefighters from the USA to arrive. We also just want to tell him: WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU and STAY SAFE!! See you soon!!

There has been a flock of Dusky Canada geese hanging out in the pond behind the headquarters building all day. The elk h...
12/30/2019

There has been a flock of Dusky Canada geese hanging out in the pond behind the headquarters building all day. The elk herd, including a large bull, has been spotted frequently in the morning and evening hours in Field 4 (fittingly, this is the field behind the elk interpretive signs near the curve and driveway to headquarters). Prairie Overlook is another great place to scan for elk. Swans are in Cabell and McFadden’s Marshes in great numbers. Winter is the perfect time to visit William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge!

North Salem High School’s Field Biology class was in the field today! Tracks, scat, animal signs and birds. Ankeny Natio...
12/17/2019

North Salem High School’s Field Biology class was in the field today! Tracks, scat, animal signs and birds. Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge’s Pintail Marsh was never without a raptor show. The gold medal goes to the four eagles hunting the marsh!

All good things come in threes and the same can be said about our newest resources and programs!:1.) Bilingual scavenger...
12/10/2019

All good things come in threes and the same can be said about our newest resources and programs!:

1.) Bilingual scavenger hunts now available at Baskett Slough and Ankeny Wildlife Refuges.
2.) Finley Workbooks for teachers (for 4th grade, but can easily be tailored to a lower or higher grade).
3.) Ankeny Refuge Bilingual Preschool Program starting January 2020!

For more information on these resources and programs, please contact Isabel Justiniano at [email protected]
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¡Todas las cosas buenas vienen en tres y lo mismo puede decirse de nuestros recursos y programas más nuevos !:

1.) Búsqueda de tesoros bilingüe ya disponoble en Refugios de Vida Silvestre Baskett Slough y Ankeny.
2.) Libro de Ejercicios de Finley para maestros (para 4to grado, pero puede adaptarse fácilmente a un grado menor o mayor).
3.) ¡Programa Preescolar Bilingüe del Refugio Ankeny a partir de enero de 2020!

Para obtener más información sobre estos recursos y programas, comuníquese con Isabel Justiniano en [email protected]

Looking for a new way to explore the Finley Wildlife Refuge? We have just what you need! Pick up a bilingual scavenger h...
11/16/2019

Looking for a new way to explore the Finley Wildlife Refuge? We have just what you need! Pick up a bilingual scavenger hunt at any Refuge kiosk and let the fun begin! Scavenger hunts for Ankeny and Baskett Slough Refuges coming soon.
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¿Busca una nueva forma de explorar el Refugio de Vida Silvestre Finley? ¡Tenemos justo lo que necesitas! ¡Toma una búsqueda del tesoro bilingüe en cualquier kiosco del Refugio y deja que comience la diversión! Búsqueda de tesoros para Refugios Ankeny y Baskett Slough vendran pronto.

Meet our new Deputy Project Leader and Finley Refuge Manager, Eddy Pausch! Before coming to the Willamette Valley Refuge...
11/15/2019

Meet our new Deputy Project Leader and Finley Refuge Manager, Eddy Pausch! Before coming to the Willamette Valley Refuge Complex, Eddy was working at the Ottawa Refuge for 14 years! While there, he worked as an Assistant Refuge Manager and recently retired Federal Wildlife Officer. We're very excited to have him on our team!
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¡Conozca a nuestro nuevo Líder Adjunto de Proyecto y Gerente de Refugio Finley, Eddy Pausch! ¡Antes de venir al Complejo de Refugios de Willamette Valley, Eddy estuvo trabajando en el Refugio de Ottawa durante 14 años! Mientras estuvo allí, trabajó como Subgerente de Refugios y recientemente se retiró como Oficial Federal de Vida Silvestre. ¡Estamos muy emocionados de tenerlo en nuestro equipo!

Nov 1st- March 31st is sanctuary season for the dusky Canada geese & other waterfowl at the William L. Finley National W...
10/31/2019

Nov 1st- March 31st is sanctuary season for the dusky Canada geese & other waterfowl at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. The following trails will be closed during this period:
- Cheadle Marsh Trail
- Pigeon Butte Trail
- Beaver & Cattail Ponds Trail
- Cabell Marsh Trail

All other trails will remain open.
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Del 1 de noviembre al 31 de marzo es la temporada de santuario para los gansos Canadienses oscuros y otras aves acuáticas en el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre William L. Finley. Los siguientes senderos se cerrarán durante este período:
- Cheadle Marsh Trail
- Pigeon Butte Trail
- Sendero Beaver & Cattail Ponds
- Cabell Marsh Trail

Todos los demás senderos permanecerán abiertos.

Our visitor center hallway is about to change. Starting November 1st, we will be displaying paintings of the William L. ...
10/29/2019

Our visitor center hallway is about to change. Starting November 1st, we will be displaying paintings of the William L. Finley Refuge buildings, landscapes and wildlife. These will be provided by the Vistas and Vineyards painting group & will be available for purchase. Most of the paintings will donate a portion of the sale to our Friends group! They will be on display through January 2020. Be sure to check them out!
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Nuestro pasillo del centro de visitantes está a punto de cambiar. A partir del 1 de Noviembre, exhibiremos pinturas de los edificios, paisajes y vida silvestre del refugio William L. Finley. Estos serán proporcionados por el grupo de pintura Vistas & Vineyards y estarán disponibles para su compra. ¡La mayoría de las pinturas donarán una parte de la venta a nuestro grupo de Friends! Estarán en exhibición hasta Enero de 2020. Asegúrese de venir a verlos!

Dusky Day at The Arts Center was so fun today! We made dusky Canada goose maps, ecosystem dioramas and masks. Thanks to ...
10/13/2019

Dusky Day at The Arts Center was so fun today! We made dusky Canada goose maps, ecosystem dioramas and masks. Thanks to everyone that volunteered and came out!

¡Dusky Day en el Arts Center fue muy divertido hoy! Hicimos mapas, dioramas de ecosistema y máscaras de ganso Canadiense oscuro. ¡Gracias a todos los voluntarios y participantes!

The William L. Finley Refuge office will be closed on Columbus Day, but the The Wild Goose Nature Store will be open for...
10/10/2019

The William L. Finley Refuge office will be closed on Columbus Day, but the The Wild Goose Nature Store will be open for limited hours, starting at 10 am. Stop by and check out their new merchandise!

La oficina del Refugio William L. Finley estará cerrada el día de Colón, pero la tienda The Wild Goose Nature Store estará abierta durante un horario limitado, a partir de las 10 am. ¡Pasa y mira su nueva mercancía!

Today the Vistas and Vineyards-Artists on Location group come out to the William L. Finley Refuge and painted the beauti...
10/02/2019

Today the Vistas and Vineyards-Artists on Location group come out to the William L. Finley Refuge and painted the beautiful sites by the office. Thanks for coming out!

Hoy el grupo Vistas and Vineyards-Artists on Location vinieron al Refugio William L. Finley y pintaron los hermosos sitios cerca de la oficina. Gracias por venir!

NOTIFICATION: Please look out for any temporary closure signs at the William L. Finley Refuge today by prairie overlook ...
09/25/2019

NOTIFICATION: Please look out for any temporary closure signs at the William L. Finley Refuge today by prairie overlook and McFadden's marsh trails. We have some prescribed burns happening today. Thank you for your patience!

It was a beautiful day for a fieldtrip at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge! The sun was out and so were the birds...
09/19/2019

It was a beautiful day for a fieldtrip at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge! The sun was out and so were the birds. Be sure to get outside and enjoy the great weather!

¡Fue un hermoso día para una excursión en el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Baskett Slough! El sol brillaba y también había muchas aves ¡Asegúrate de salir afuera y disfrutar del buen clima!

Did you know that William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is home to a National Natural Landmark? This landmark is th...
09/18/2019

Did you know that William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is home to a National Natural Landmark? This landmark is the Willamette Floodplain, which is a prime example of biological and geological features of national significance. This area is one of the few maintained prairie habitats of the Willamette Valley, which used to be one of its most abundant habitat types. Next time you visit, be sure to check it out and see what wildlife you can observe there!

¿Sabía que el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre William L. Finley es el hogar de un Monumento Natural Nacional? Este monumento es la Llanura de Inundación de Willamette, que es un excelente ejemplo de características biológicas y geológicas de importancia nacional. Esta área es uno de los pocos hábitats de praderas mantenidos del Valle de Willamette, que solía ser uno de sus tipos de hábitat más abundantes. ¡La próxima vez que visite, asegúrese de verlo y ver qué vida silvstre puede observar allí!

09/10/2019

CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS! We need photos of landscapes, wildlife and any other unique shots from Finley (including Snag Boat Bend), Baskett Slough and Ankeny Wildlife Refuges. With the new year approaching, we want to show the most current images of all three Refuges in our outreach, education and interpretation work. You will receive photo credit for any image that you provide. For more information, please email: [email protected].
Thank you!

This Labor Day weekend, we have two treats for you at the William L. Finley Refuge! Sunday we have our Friends group eve...
08/30/2019

This Labor Day weekend, we have two treats for you at the William L. Finley Refuge! Sunday we have our Friends group event, "Making Wildlife Memories" (1-3 pm) and Monday the Wild Goose Nature Store will be open!

¡Este fin de semana del Día del Trabajo, tenemos dos eventos para usted en el Refugio William L. Finley! El domingo tenemos nuestro evento del grupo Friends, "Making Wildlife Memories" (1-3 pm) y el lunes estará abierta la tienda Wild Goose Nature Store!

Our streaked horned lark surveys are coming to a close and they would not have been possible without Claire (Directorate...
08/13/2019

Our streaked horned lark surveys are coming to a close and they would not have been possible without Claire (Directorate Fellowship Program) and Karen (Environment for the Americas), our nest monitoring technicians. They monitored 22 streaked horned lark nests (May- Aug) at the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. Thank you for all your hard work this summer!

Nuestras encuestas de alondras cornudas rayadas están llegando a su fin y no hubieran sido posibles sin Claire (Directorate Fellowship Program) y Karen (Environment for the Americas), nuestras técnicas de monitoreo de nidos. Monitorearon 22 nidos de alondras cornudas rayadas (Mayo-Agosto) en el Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Baskett Slough. ¡Gracias por todo su arduo trabajo este verano!

We had fun last Saturday at the Bike MS event and creating clay animals at our Critters in Clay event! Thank you to ever...
08/06/2019

We had fun last Saturday at the Bike MS event and creating clay animals at our Critters in Clay event! Thank you to everyone who participated and see you next year!

¡Nos divertimos el sábado pasado en el evento Bike MS y creando animales de arcilla en nuestro evento Animalitos de Arcilla! ¡Gracias a todos los que participaron y nos vemos el próximo año!

Next Saturday is our "Critters in Clay" event at the William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge. We still have a few spots left, ...
07/27/2019

Next Saturday is our "Critters in Clay" event at the William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge. We still have a few spots left, so if you would like to sign your child up, please email [email protected]. See you then!

El próximo Sábado será nuestro evento "Critters in Clay" en el William L. Finley Wildlife Refuge. Todavía nos quedan algunos lugares, por lo que si desea inscribir a su hijo, envíe un correo electrónico a [email protected]. ¡Hasta entonces!

Yesterday we had the opportunity to give Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S Forest Service (USFS) staff a tour of t...
07/19/2019

Yesterday we had the opportunity to give Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S Forest Service (USFS) staff a tour of the oak restoration work taking place at the William L. Finley Refuge. Thanks for coming out!

Ayer tuvimos la oportunidad de ofrecerle al personal de la Oficina de Administración de Tierras (BLM) y del Servicio Forestal de los Estados Unidos (USFS) un recorrido por los trabajos de restauración de roble que se llevan a cabo en el Refugio William L. Finley. ¡Gracias por venir!

Take a look at some of the drawings Finley Refuge visitors drew in our Homer Campbell guest book. Thanks for sharing you...
07/13/2019

Take a look at some of the drawings Finley Refuge visitors drew in our Homer Campbell guest book. Thanks for sharing your artistic talents with us!

Eche un vistazo a algunos de los dibujos que los visitantes del Refugio Finley dibujaron en nuestro libro de visitas de Homer Campbell. ¡Gracias por compartir sus talentos artísticos con nosotros!

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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