Category Archives: Articles

President’s Message

Happy Holidays Everyone!  I trust that everyone is enjoying the cool, damp weather.  I know the waterfowl certainly are!  With all the shallow depressions and wet fields full of water, the waterfowl are spread not only in the open waters of Willapa Bay, but throughout the peninsula. It makes for great local viewing opportunities.  If […]

Art Table Update

Convergence Art Table Project, by Pat Welle The Convergence Art Table Project is taking shape at the new headquarters overlooking Willapa Bay. The foundation and bases for these four table and stool sets were poured in September and October. Artist Gary Carpenter is refining the designs for the table and stool tops – each will […]

Migration Season

Migration Season, by Rebecca Lexa, MA, OR Master Naturalist Waterfowl are probably the most noticeable winter birds at Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. Willapa Bay and other waterways play host to a variety of ducks, geese, and swans. Watch for magnificent trumpeter swans and their slightly smaller but still impressive tundra swan cousins. Gaggles of geese […]

Refuge Update, Winter 2021

Willapa Wildlife Refuge Updates, by Jackie Ferrier, Project Leader, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex Upcoming refuge events at the refuge include Leadbetter Christmas Bird Count (CBC) and the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey (PFSS). Audubon’s 122nd Christmas Bird Count will take place on December 18.  Due to COVID, Willapa Hills Audubon is not looking for additional volunteers for […]

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 […]