Category Archives: Announcements

Naming of Diamond City

Thanks to Sandra Tellvik, we have more information about Diamond City, a long ago living site on the north end of Long Island. From a South Bend Journal article, dated March 8, 1895, the following is probably the most accurate description of the origin of Diamond City’s name. The story was authored by W. C. […]

Long Island Photos

  “Long Island is a magical place on the Refuge and we look forward to sharing that experience with Friends members annually.  This year’s expedition was made even more remarkable when former Congressman Don Bonker, who was instrumental to saving the ancient cedar grove, joined the hike to the trail named in his honor.”  Jackie […]

Members Photos

Our State bird, the American Goldfinch Backyard shot by Bob Duke Bald Eagle by Madeline Kalbach       Backyard Frog by Bob Duke Willapa Morning by Bob Duke

Long Island History

Long Island Facts continued: Thirteen thousand five hundred years ago the Bretz floods carved a passage from the Columbia River to Willapa Bay at Bear River. Evidence of this in the form of quartzite, fossil wood and agates carried from east of the Cascades may be found on the beachs. Gravel for the Ocean Beach […]

Botany of Long Island

Botany of Long Island by Kathleen Sayce continued: The maturing stands along the road up from the beach and main road that runs north and south on the island are a few decades older than the young hemlock stand near the grove. Woody shrubs, ferns, mosses, and in some areas, seedling trees, can be seen […]

Long Island Trails

Long Island Trails by Susan Stauffer continued: As enticing it is to think of hiking on this Island it also can be very dangerous. The island is only accessible by watercraft and the tides/tide currents with rapidly changing weather conditions (winds tend to become stronger and gustier in the afternoon hours) create potentially hazardous conditions […]

EE Thank You

As a first year co-director I stood in awe of our seasoned veterans. Their ability to teach and their knowledge of the Refuge wildlife fine-tuned my science with facts, stories, wit and good advice. It was also a pleasure to reach out to others in our area and include them in this dynamic program. AmeriCorps […]

June Trails Report

Trails Report Continued Next up in the future will be surveying and maintaining Teal Slough, in addition to assisting in any other maintenance needs of the Cutthroat Trail, hiking up to Greenhead Slough to clean up garbage in the area. Clean up of garbage along Sandridge on the west end of the South Bay unit […]

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Remembering Ben

Ben impressed me as a reincarnation of the spirit of President Teddy Roosevelt. Just as Teddy championed both hunting and wildlife conservation efforts, Ben excelled in pursuing a variety of both hunting and environmental activities. He was recognized as an expert in the field of waterfowl migration, and chaired the Washington Governor’s migratory waterfowl season-setting […]