Events / Volunteer
“Calling All Elk” Nature Hike
Sunday, December 2nd 2:30pm – 4:30pm PDT William L. Finley NWR (~ 10 miles south of Corvallis OR)
Description: Friend’s president David Landkamer will lead this adventure. Learn about elk behavior, calls, and habitation with hands-on artifacts, then visit prime viewing spots in search of Finley’s resident Roosevelt elk. There will be limited walking, attendees will make a few short trips by car to various viewing sites.
Location: Refuge Office & Nature Store, William L. Finley NWR (click here for map)
Date: Sunday, December 2nd, 2018
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm PDT
*Rain or Shine!
*Please wear appropriate clothing and study footwear.
*Don’t forget binoculars and/or camera!
Friends Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 11th 6:00pm-8:00pm First Alternative Co-op South Meeting Room (Corvallis, OR)
Wildlife Cookie Decorating / Decoración de Galletas
Saturday, December 15th 11AM to 3PM Refuge Office, William L. Finley NWR (~ 10 miles south of Corvallis OR)
This bilingual event is part of the Willamette Valley Refuges Latino Engagement Program. There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season than by decorating cookies and drinking hot chocolate! Cookies will be shaped like various wildlife that can be found at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge (birds, various mammals and butterflies). To accommodate for special dietary needs, we will also serve gluten free cookies. The refuge will provide cookies, hot chocolate, frosting and utensils for decorating. A slide show of wildlife photos will be shown while cookies are being decorated and flyers listing some of the 2019 upcoming events will be handed out. Flyers will be bilingual and hopefully the day’s conversations will be too!
The Swans of Baskett Slough
Sunday, January 6th 1:00pm – 3:00pm Meet in parking lot of Rich Guadagno Observation Platform at Baskett Slough NWR
The Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex invite you to the following January event:
The Swans of Baskett Slough
Description: Dr. Jeff Snyder says that “any day is a good day to talk about and see swans.” He is an assistant professor of biology and ecology at Western Oregon University and will share his expertise about the swans who migrate to the Refuge in the winter months. Dr. Snyder’s primary research is with Trumpeter swans, which he has studied in-depth both at Yellowstone and globally. He is at work on his current project “Trumpeter Swans in the Willamette Valley”.
Date: Sunday, January 6th, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Meet in parking lot of Rich Guadagno Observation Platform at Baskett Slough NWR.
Note: We will walk the .75 miles up to the observation platform.
“Bird Watching with the OSU Bird Nerds” Nature Walk
Sunday, February 3rd 1PM to 3PM William L. Finley NWR (~ 10 miles south of Corvallis OR)
This will be a bird watching walk with the Oregon State University “Bird Nerds” club. More details and meeting place to follow.
“Geology & Related Ecology of the Refuges” Nature Walk
Sunday, March 3rd 1PM to 3PM William L. Finley NWR (~ 10 miles south of Corvallis OR)
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.