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Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week in Your State — October 12-18, 2008

This site is dedicated to helping you find, learn about, and enjoy wildlife areas in the state of California . Thanks and enjoy!

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Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                            

Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon in Marion County, between Salem and Albany on Buena Vista Road. Phone: 503-588-2701 Description: Wetlands, riparian habitat, grasslands on this refuge located between the Willamette and Santiam Rivers. Eagles, wading birds, migrating waterfowl all visit this area and the coniferous forests provide habitat for deer, beaver, and the red-legged frog.


Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                

Location: Fahy Creek Road east to North Bank Lane. Phone:541-867-4550 Description: Home to the bald eagle, California brown pelican, waterfowl and coho salmon at various times of the year.Also popular for birding, photographing, and clamming. According to their website, "Bandon Marsh is one of the field trip sites at the annual Oregon Shorebird Festival in September. This area is renowned area for viewing rare shorebirds. Species seen include Ruff, Hudsonian godwit and Mongolian plover."


Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge 

Location: Hwy 22 and Coville Road NW of Salem. Phone: 503-623-2749Description: 2,492 acres created to provide winter habitat for the dusky Canada geese.


Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                     

Location: West of Worden Phone: (530)-667-2231 Description: Excellent area to observe raptors as this area was established as a night roosting area for wintering bald eagles. According to their website, as many as 300 bald eagles use the roosts at times. The early morning fly-out occurs from December to mid-March.


Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                   

Location: ten miles west of the town of Tillamook Phone:541-867-4550 Description: Home of the peregrine falcon nests, old growth forests, and the Oregon coast.Encompasses two areas: Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.


Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                    

Location: part of the d-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Phone: (509) 546-8300 Description: According to their website: “Cold Springs, Conboy Lake, Columbia, McKay Creek, McNary, Saddle Mountain, Toppenish and Umatilla National Wildlife Refuges and the Hanford Reach National Monument.”


Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge                                                                              

Location: NE of Lakeview, Oregon, off of Highway 140. Phone: Description: This area has viewing opportunities for: pronghorn antelope, California bighorn sheep, mule deer, sage grouse, and redband trout.


Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge                                                                               

Location: NE of Sand Creek, OR of Hwy 97 Phone: 541-783-3380Description: This area should be named Mammoth, not Klamath considering it is 40,646 acres of natural marshes, meadows, and coniferous forests that provide critical nesting and feeding areas for shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and a plethora of wildlife without wings.


Malheur National Wildlife Refuge             

Location: 36391 Sodhouse Lane Princeton, Oregon 97721 Phone: (541) 493-2612 Description: According to their website: “Lake Malheur Bird Reservation” was the 19th of 51 wildlife refuges created by Roosevelt during his tenure as president. At the time, Malheur was the third refuge in Oregon and one of only six refuges west of the Mississippi.”


McKay Creek National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                  

Description: According to their website: “Cold Springs, Conboy Lake, Columbia, McKay Creek, McNary, Saddle Mountain, Toppenish and Umatilla National Wildlife Refuges and the Hanford Reach National Monument.”


Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                  

Location: west off of Highway 101 onto Christensen Road. Phone: 541-867-4550. Description: Area is visited by six sub-species of geese including the some Aleutian Cackling geese from the small Semidi Island group. It is also the southernmost coastal sphagnum bog on the Pacific Coast according to their website and they also note that, "The Refuge will be open to visitor use starting on October 11, 2008."


Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                

Location: Phone: Description: Picture-perfect is what you’ll say as you capture images of this Oregon coast spot that also provides refuge for Common Murres, Tufted Puffins, Rhinoceros Auklets, Brandt’s, California sea lions and more.


Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                         

Location: south of Lincoln City along US Highway 101. Phone: 541-867-4550 Description: Look for bald eagles and red-tailed hawks along this picture-perfect estuarine According to their website, "The refuge offers guided canoe/kayak tours in June, July and August."


Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge                                                                           

Location: Phone: Description:This area provides habitat for Oregon’s largest breeding colony of Tufted Puffins and the largest breeding colony of Common Murre’s south of Alaska according to their website.


Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                  

Location: 19255 SW Pacific Highway (Highway 99W) Sherwood, OR 97140 Phone: 503-625-5945 Description: Another Portland gem offering escape from the big city.


Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge                                                                                

Location: Highway 140 to the Rocky Point Junction. Then travel north approximately 2 miles to the Rocky Point boat launch, or another 3.5 miles to the Malone Springs boat launch. Phone: n/a Description:15,000 acres of freshwater marshes and open water provides excellent nesting and brooding areas for waterfowl; also serves as a nesting area for bald eagle and osprey.


William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge         

Location: 26208 Finley Refuge Rd. Corvallis, OR 97333 - 9533Phone: 503-588-2701 Description: The dusky Canada goose feels at home at this refuge on the western side of the Willamette Valley as this area was established to provide habitat for this migratory favorite. Roosevelt elk are also spotted on this area that offers an abundance of hiking and photography opportunities.

Oregon State Wildlife Areas




Useful links:

Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is a partner of the USFWS in various habitat restoration projects.

Information Center for the Environment
UC Davis and thirty private, state, federal, and international organizations team up with a common interest in environmental protection.

Leave No Trace
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide.

National Wildlife Refuge Association
By combining policy, grassroots development and public education objectives, the National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) works to strengthen the ecological integrity of our national wildlife refuges and thus ensure a diverse spectrum of plants and wildlife well into the future.

Natural Resources Conservation Service - California Programs
With the mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the Nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources on non-Federal lands.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife
A voluntary habitat restoration program working in cooperation with private landowners.

Point Reyes Bird Observatory
The PRBO is a non-profit organization with a mission to "conserve birds and the environment using science to understand and find solutions to problems threatening wildlife populations and ecosystems.

National Wildlife Federation - learn about nature and meet others interested in the same.

Viewing Wildlife tips

Arizona Dept. of Fish and Game recommendations for wildlife viewing

Photo Tips

Ethan Meleg Nature Photography tips


Scott Bourne Wildlife tips and this great photographer also leads workshops

Accidents happen:

Sometimes when we visit wildlife areas or even in our backyards, our best friends (dogs) get a warning salvo from a skunk. Working at a Wildlife Area I caught the aroma on many occasions, but it happened to our best friends in our backyard. Skunks cannot climb, but they will make it through any opening in your fence and they love pet food. Although we had no pet food out, that did not help our dogs. What did help were hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and a little Dawn dishwashing soap and this company cares about wildlife. If you activate your donation online, every bottle of Dawn you purchase will create a $1 donation to wildlife rescues (visit their website to learn more; follow them on Facebook ). In case you didn't know, Dawn is also used to help wildlife when they are victims of toxic spills. has several remedies for skunked pets, we recommend option one.


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