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 […]

Adventures in the Falkland Islands

Travel study is one of the best ways to learn about wildlife and wildlife behaviour whether on the Refuge or in far-away places. Dr. Madeline Kalbach, a Friends’ Board Member, was lucky enough to go on travel study with the University of Calgary for three weeks in October and November 2017. The first two weeks […]

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 […]

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 […]