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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 […]

Long Island Excursion

Beautiful pendants by Karen Hoch. See them at the Garlic Festival. All proceeds go to the Friends of Willapa Refuge. Long Island Excursion Everyone anticipating the barge excursion to Long Island on July 22 should watch their in-box during the week of June 19 for registration information. Registration is for members only, on a first […]

Newsletter Archive

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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 […]

April Trails Report

APRIL, 2017 TRAILS & INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE REPORT by: Susan A. Stauffer, Trails Coordinator Our Trails Group has been active in April, 2017 on the Refuge. We had a great sunny day on April 21 when we went to Tarlatt (South Bay Unit). We cleared the brush below the violet/green swallow nest boxes on 85th Street […]