Category Archives: Announcements

Wings Over Willapa

September 28-30, 2018, join us for our inaugural 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 to do. Online […]

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 […]

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 […]