What Does the Refuge Mean to me?

As part of celebrating the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge’s 20th anniversary, we asked you in a previous newsletter to answer the question: What does the Refuge mean to me? We love these responses! Gretchen Dixon: The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge has always been a welcome landmark in my memories of growing up on […]

Save the Date – Wings Over Willapa 2020!

Wings Over Willapa, our festival celebrating the birds and other natural phenomena of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, is back for its third year! Join us September 24 – 27, 2020 for more tours, workshops, classes and other events. Registration opens summer 2020. Keep up on the news at http://www.wingsoverwillapa.org!

The Joys of Volunteering

“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 undertaking, without pay; but at […]

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

September 26 – 29, 2019, join us for the second annual Wings Over Willapa Festival! We’re celebrating Willapa National Wildlife Refuge with a weekend 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 […]