Category Archives: Articles

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]