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The Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)(3)nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting refuge programs and enhancing awareness and appreciation of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Come explore the unique and beautiful wildlife areas in Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties that comprise the refuge complex!

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We hope to see you at the refuge soon!

Convergence Art Table Project

The Convergence Project is a functional art installation by Gary Carpenter, who designed the dragonfly table at the former Refuge headquarters. The art tables will be installed this fall at our new headquarters  at the south end of Willapa Bay. Click here to learn more, and join us to support this beautiful project!


Wings Over Willapa (WOW)

It’s back! One of the finest Northwest Birding and Nature festivals returns for its third year.

Come join other outdoor enthusiasts on September 24, 25, and 26 for a variety of outdoor events on the Long Beach Peninsula. Right now we have over 30 tours, presentations and classes scheduled with more to be added. Appropriate pandemic precautions will be implemented as needed at the time.

Registration begins August 1 at Events such as the Pelagic Boat Trip and trips to Long Island sell out fast, so mark August 1 on your calendar and look for registration reminders. Event registration is $5.00 per person with additional costs for individual events.

Our Nature Play Day will have a new location this year, with free activities at the Veterans Field, in downtown Long Beach. Booths will feature activities from 10 am to 2 pm.

This year we will hold an online auction, which replaces the silent in-person auction. This auction will feature quality items and events from donors across the Northwest and will close at noon on Saturday, September 25. If you are interested in donating items or events for the auction, please contact Sylvia Pelizza at 808-772-1675 or

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, which the New York Times featured in this article, “Birds by the Billions: A Guide to Spring’s Avian Parade”.

The New Overlook is Done!

The new overlook on the South Bay Trail is ready for visitors. Sit and observe nature as the tides ebb and flow and the seasons change. The overlook is located at the end of the Tarlatt Unit (entrance/parking at the end of 95th Street, east of Sandridge) and includes a gravel trail of about a half mile, with one moderate hill. Be sure to also stop and read the other three new interpretive signs along the way.

The Friends would like to thank the following for their contributions to this community treasure: Templin Foundation; National Fish & Wildlife Foundation; Commission for Environmental Cooperation; Brothers Concrete, Inc.; Renee O’Connor (Willapa Bay Tile); Brian Bainnson (Quatrefoil, Inc.); Elise Wahl (Timberdoodle); volunteers Kathleen Sayce and Todd Wiegardt; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Migratory Birds; Willapa National Wildlife Refuge; and all of you who support the Friends and the Refuge.

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