Junior Duck Stamp 2019 Calendars Now Available

2019 Junior Duck Stamp calendars are here! Earlier this year local students participated in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program! A volunteer from Friends of Willapa visited classrooms in Long Beach and Ilwaco and taught students ranging from 1st through 10th grade about waterfowl, wetlands, and why Willapa is important for both […]

The Joys of Volunteering

by Kathy Freitas, Friends’ President “Volunteering is the ultimate experience in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” (Anonymous) By definition, a volunteer is a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or […]

The Problem of Plastics in the Lower Columbia Region

Guest writer: Lindsey Nicolas Development and Communications Coordinator, Wildlife Center of the North Coast Plastics of all shapes and sizes are a major problem out on the landscape. Both on land and in water, the contamination is everywhere, and it keeps growing. From large, obvious plastics like shopping bags and containers, to micro-plastics buried in […]

On the Trails with…Black Bear

by Susan Stauffer, Friends’ Trail Coordinator Black Bears are occasionally seen in forested locations on the Refuge as they primarily reside in forested habitats. In Washington State, it is estimated that the Black Bear population is around 25,000 to 30,000. Black Bears are omnivores, i.e., they eat both plants and animals, although their diet is […]

Wings Over Willapa

Saturday, September 29, 2018, join us for our inaugural Wings Over Willapa Festival! We’re celebrating Willapa National Wildlife Refuge with a day full of classes, workshops, guided tours and more. Whether you’re an experienced birder or just getting acquainted with the great outdoors, nature lovers of all ages are sure to find plenty to do. […]

Leadbetter Point Christmas Bird Count

The weather co-operated for the Christmas Bird Count at Leadbetter Point on December 16, 2017. With over 100 species and over 24,000 birds tallied, it was an incredible day. Several of the Friends members participated, with Robert Sudar of the Willapa Hills Audubon Society along with his son, Sam Sudar, compiling the results. The report […]