Events / Volunteer


Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge Auto Tour

Saturday, January 26th 10:00AM Eagle Marsh Kiosk, Ankeny NWR (~ 15 miles north of Albany OR)

Fun/Educational Event
Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful place to observe wildlife year-round. A fun way to do so is through an auto tour, stopping at the most popular spots and trails of the refuge. This will be a family friendly and bilingual auto tour designed for those who have never visited Ankeny before; to help introduce them to the refuge and encourage them to explore the area on their own in the future.

For questions please contact Isabel Justiniano (isabel_justiniano@fws.gov)
For a map of the refuge visit Ankeny NWR Trail Map ( www.fws.gov )

"Dabbling in the Marshes with the Bird Nerds"

Sunday, February 3rd 1PM to 3PM McFadden's Marsh Trail Head (Bruce Rd), William L. Finley NWR (~ 10 miles south of Corvallis OR)

Fun/Educational Event
What exactly places a duck in the dabbling duck category? Join the Bird Nerds from Oregon State University in observing the diversity of dabbing ducks that occupy William L. Finley NWR. The Bird Nerds will focus on identifying specific waterfowl and why they, and not other water birds, are found in the Refuges during this time of year. Note: A limited number of viewing scopes will be available, but don’t forget your binoculars! Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
To RSVP please visit Dabbling in the Marshes with the Bird Nerds – Survey Monkey
For questions please contact Kris Ebbe (kristins540river@gmail.com)
For a map of the refuge visit William L. Finley NWR Trail Map ( www.fws.gov )

Friends’ Dine-Out at Block 15

Tuesday, February 5th Block 15 Downtown Pub (11am-11pm), Block 15 Tap Room (3pm-9pm)

Friends’ Fund Raising Opportunity
Support the Friends by enjoying a meal at your favorite Block 15 location. On Tuesday, February 5th Block 15 will donate 10% of food sales to the Friends of the Willamette Valley NWRC. Note: sales of beverages will not be included in the donation. Both dinner and the Wildlife Refuge Tap Talk at the Tap Room would make a nice evening.
Block 15 Downtown Pub, 300 SW Jefferson, Corvallis OR, 11:00AM to 11:00PM
Block 15 Tap Room, 3415 SW Deschutes, Corvallis OR, 3:00PM to 9:00PM

Block 15 Tap Talk: Your Wildlife Refuge Neighbors

Tuesday, February 5th 7:00PM – 8:30PM Block 15 Tap Room, 3415 SW Deschutes, Corvallis OR

Fun/Educational Event
William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, the 5,500 acre treasure just south of Corvallis, is very special for very different reasons, depending on who you ask: family time, solace, hiking, birding, historic buildings, photography, hunting, wildlife viewing, making memories…. And that’s not counting what the critters would say if they could respond! Seven threatened and endangered species call the Refuge home, as do legacy oak trees, colonies of acorn woodpeckers, a large herd of Roosevelt elk, bobcats, black bear and 200+ bird species alone! Share an evening with Refuge staff and Friends of the Refugees board members exploring Finley through pictures, updates, stories and conversation.

Wildflower Planting at the Ankeny Hill Nature Center Prairie

Saturday, February 9th 10:00AM – 12:00PM Ankeny Hill Overlook, Ankeny NWR (~ 15 miles north of Albany OR)

Volunteer Opportunity

We have ~1550 plugs that need to find their way into the new Ankeny Hill Nature Center Prairie. We just planted over 2,000 bulbs and here come more species! We have all the tools and some gloves, just dress for rain/mud. A Carpool from Corvallis is available at 9:00AM (RSVP for details). Please RSVP if you plan to attend. Note that the overlook will be open only for this event and its volunteers.
For questions and to RSVP please contact Samantha Bartling (samantha_bartling@fws.gov)
For a map of the refuge visit Ankeny NWR Trail Map ( www.fws.gov )

Friends Board Meeting

Tuesday, February 12th 6:00pm-8:00pm First Alternative South Co-op meeting room (Corvallis, OR)

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Baskett Slough NWR – Family Arts and Crafts Day

Saturday, February 16th TBD Refuge Office (white barn off of Hwy 22), Baskett Slough NWR (~ 5 miles NE of Dallas OR)

Fun/Educational Event
There are many ways to learn about wildlife. One way is by making crafts! Families with little (and big) ones will enjoy making bird and butterfly masks, creating window decals (prevents bird strikes), painting and coloring etc. Craft instructions and help will be bilingual so that all can participate. The Refuge Office is in the 2nd floor, North end, of the white barn.
For questions please contact Isabel Justiniano (isabel_justiniano@fws.gov)
For a map of the refuge visit Basket Slough NWR Trail Map ( www.fws.gov )

Riparian Planting at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, February 23rd 10:00AM – 12:00PM Rail Trail Parking Lot, Ankeny NWR (~ 15 miles north of Albany OR)

Volunteer Opportunity
We’ll cut and plant spirea and willow into the field we’re restoring back to riparian habitat, next to Rail Trail. We also have ~500 trees that were ordered that will need to get planted (oak, ash and maple).
Planting parties are fun! A Carpool from Corvallis is available at 9:00AM (RSVP for details). Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
For questions and to RSVP please contact Samantha Bartling (samantha_bartling@fws.gov)
For a map of the refuge visit Ankeny NWR Trail Map ( www.fws.gov )

“Geology & Related Ecology of the Refuges” Nature Walk

Sunday, March 3rd 1PM to 3PM William L. Finley NWR (~ 10 miles south of Corvallis OR)

Fun/Educational Event
Dr. Robert J. Lillie, OSU Emeritus Professor of Geosciences will share his expertise on the geology and ecology of the Willamette Valley Refuges. More details and meeting place to follow.

For questions please contact Kris Ebbe (kristins540river@gmail.com)
For a map of the refuge visit William L. Finley NWR Trail Map ( www.fws.gov )

Winter Wildlife Field Day

Saturday, March 9th 11AM to 3PM Refuge Office, William L. Finley NWR (~ 10 miles south of Corvallis OR)

Fun/Educational Event
This is a popular bilingual community event and educational experience focused on wildlife, conservation and outdoor fun. Families will get a passport book and can then visit the 12 stations, participate in activities and gain stamps. At the end a Wildlife Explorer patch is earned! Live birds, bobcat game, Bookmobile, nature walks, owl pellet dissection, soil table, toddler area and pond critters are just a few of the stations. Join us!
This event is brought to you by wonderful partners and volunteers: Corvallis Audubon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chintimini Wildlife Center, Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, 4-H OSU Extension, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, Mary’s River Watershed Council, OSU Bird Nerds, OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club, Corvallis-Benton County
Library, and Starker Forests, Inc.
For questions please contact Samantha Bartling (samantha_bartling@fws.gov)
For a map of the refuge visit William L. Finley NWR Trail Map ( www.fws.gov )

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