Temporary Disturbance & Closure of the River ‘S’ Unit at Refuge

Friends of RNWRThe Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s River ‘S’ Unit will be open to the public on Monday June 20th and Tuesday June 21st. There may be minor disturbances to the public resulting from moving equipment adjacent to the Auto Tour Route.

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s River ‘S’ Unit will be temporarily closed on:
Wednesday, June 22nd and Thursday, June 23rd and Monday, June 27th through Thursday, June 30th
for maintenance activities.

Additional closure dates may be required the following week as necessary to complete this work.

The Carty Unit will remain open for hiking, wildlife observation, and photography. For additional information concerning the public use opportunities during this closure, please contact the Refuge Office at 360-887-4106.

Please visit our website at www.ridgefieldfriends.org

River “S” to close Tuesday and Wednesday

The River ‘S’ Unit of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge will be temporarily closed to public use starting Tuesday, June 14th through Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 for replacement of a water delivery pipe.

The Carty Unit will remain open for hiking, wildlife observation, and photography. For additional information concerning the public use opportunities during this closure, please contact the Refuge Office at 360-887-4106.

Cathlapotle Mother’s Day

Cathlapotle plankhouse

Sunday, May 8, 2016 – 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Cathlapotle Plankhouse
28908 NW Main Avenue, Ridgefield WA

1:00 – Presentation: Where the Women Are: Gender and Power in the Archaeological Record of the Pacific Northwest

2:00 – Ethnobotany Hike

Plankhouse tours and kids’ activities all day.

All events  are FREE with refuge admission

BirdFest & Bluegrass

Do you love attending our annual BirdFest celebration? Do you want to see it be successful in 2016? If so, then we need you to get involved in planning next year’s event. Commitment is one two hour meeting a month, March – September, and volunteering BirdFest Weekend (October 1st & 2nd).

We are looking for help in the following areas:

Committee Chair (Work with current committee chair to schedule/host monthly meetings, and handle big picture event logistics)

Organizing kids activities in Davis Park

Coordinating the vendors in the Birders Marketplace at the Community Center

Coordinate special walks or talks

Just sit in and brainstorm new and exciting BirdFest activities!

Want to Make BirdFest a success?

Contact Sarah at: sarah_hill@fws.gov (360) 887-4106

Volunteer Naturalist Training at the Refuge

Fish & Wildlife

Thousands of adults and school children visit our local refuges annually and volunteers are often the only people they get to share their stories and questions with. Share your interest and passion with others by exploring with school children, leading guided walks with the public, or simply greeting people on our trails and in the contact station.

Volunteer training will introduce both Ridgefield and Steigerwald Lake Refuges and how to interact and communicate with many fun and interesting people.  The training will be on the four Fridays of April.

To sign up for the training, please RSVP to Josie Finley at 360-887-4106 or Josie_Finley@fws.gov

Plankhouse Opens April 17

Friends of RNWR

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse re-opens for the 2016 season on April 17th, 2016. The season will kick off with a special second Sunday event featuring the latest in Cathlapotle Village archaeology, artifacts excavated from the Cathlapotle site on display, and hikes guided highlighting spring and a family friendly hike focusing on Refuge Wildlife. The Plankhouse will be open for visitors from 12pm-4pm, and there will be kids’ activities as well.

The Cathlapotle Plankhouse will now be open most weekends from12pm-4pm. Every second Sunday of the month the Plankhouse hosts a special event with speakers, guided hikes, and children’s activities. For more information on the upcoming events, visit www.ridgefieldfriends.org.

Docent Training at Refuge

Cathlapotle plankhouse

Get Involved at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse!

The Plankhouse is looking for new and enthusiastic volunteers interested in learning about and sharing local Native American Culture, NW History, and Archeology with public visitors inside the Cathlapotle Plankhouse. No experience necessary, just a desire to learn and share your knowledge with others.

In our Docent Training at the Carty Unit, you will learn about the Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia, the roles of a Plankhouse docent, and interpretive techniques to share the Refuge and the Plankhouse with the public.

For more info, call (360) 887-4106 or email sarah_hill@fws.gov

Giving Tuesday Movement

Friends of RNWR

Until November 24th, the GivingTuesday movement is running #MyGivingStory, a new storytelling contest that will highlight acts of generosity that take place out of the public spotlight.

They are asking individuals across the country to share their personal reasons for giving, and then share those stories with their communities.

As a supporter of the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, we’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to reflect upon your commitment to our work.

The top 15 essays “liked” on Facebook will be sent to a distinguished panel of judges for final adjudication. Winners will be announced on #GivingTuesday December 1st!

Winners will receive GlobalGiving gift cards ranging from $100-500. The nonprofit they write about in their essay will receive $1,000-5,000 grants.

Upworthy will also develop and share articles featuring the two first-place winning stories.

How to Enter #MyGivingStory

Go to the contest entry form (http://woobox.com/kxdcce) or visit the #MyGivingStory tab on #GivingTuesday’s Facebook page.Post a short essay (200-words or more) responding to the question, “What inspires you to give?” In it, tell the story of a specific instance in which you supported the Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in a way that was meaningful to you. Submit your essay by November 24.

Share and promote your submission on social media with #MyGivingStory and #GivingTuesday.

The top 15 essays “liked” on Facebook will be sent to a distinguished panel of judges for final adjudication.

Contact info@givingtuesday.org with any questions!

Tree Planting at the Refuge

Friends of RNWR

Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is looking for volunteers to help with tree plantings throughout the fall and winter. We will be planting 5200 native trees and shrubs to create forage and habitat for the endangered Columbian White-tailed Deer, in areas of the Refuge that are not commonly open to the public.
Our first tree planting is on October 28th, from 9am to 12:30pm. Meet at the River ‘S’ Unit contact station, down the hill at 1071 S Hillhurst Rd. Contact Aiden Forsi at Aiden_Forsi@fws.gov for more information!

Bridge to Refuge is Dedicated

It was a glorious sunny morning as the new footbridge to the Carty Unit of the Refuge was dedicated. Blessings were give by Chinookan and Cowlitz representatives, and Refuge people and others spoke.

A plaited line made of cattail fronds blocked the entrance until after the ceremony

A plaited line made of cattail fronds blocked the entrance until after the ceremony

Kids unveiled the new kiosk celebrating the Refuge

Kids unveiled the new kiosk celebrating the Refuge

Detail under the roof of the kiosk

Detail under the roof of the kiosk

Three artists stepped forward at the last minute when a panel for the kiosk was not ready in time, and created paintings to use. Left to right: Bud Fields, Beth Norwood, Kara Krieger-McGhee.

Three artists stepped forward at the last minute when a panel for the kiosk was not ready in time, and created paintings to use in the display.
Left to right: Bud Fields, Beth Norwood, Kara Krieger-McGhee.

Kids prepared to sever the plaited line made of cattail fronds that was stretched across the bridge entrance.

Kids prepared to sever the plaited line made of cattail fronds that was stretched across the bridge entrance.

After all these years, a new bridge to the Refuge!

After all these years, a new bridge to the Refuge!

BirdFest this Weekend

Friends of RNWR

BirdFest and Bluegrass is this week-end. It’s our annual celebration of the coming of fall and the wildlife that make the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge their home. Things will be jumping throughout town and the Refuge – too many to list here. A complete schedule of events can be found here.

My note cards will be for sale at the Community Center in the Ridgefield Arts Association booth. Pictures of birds will be featured, but I’ll also have a selection of other cards made from my original paintings.

Give More 24!

An Amazing Day of Giving- An Amazing Way to Support the Ridgefield Refuge!

The Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is partnered in this year’s Give More 24! Campaign online giving challenge. This event organized by the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, launches at 12 a.m. on September 24th and runs all day, so you can support us whenever it’s convenient for your schedule. It couldn’t come at a better time for the Refuge, which relies on the Friends for education and habitat restoration.

Your gift to the Friends will be supercharged!

We are asking you to rally friends and family for Friends of RNWR to help us raise crucial funds during 24 hours of local giving.

Please give whatever you can, because every gift will be multiplied through a large stretch pool – a cool $75,000—and twenty $1,000 prizes. The more money you help Friends of RNWR raise, the larger percentage of the stretch pool we will receive and more likely we are to win prize money – fund that increase opportunities for the public to enjoy and learn about the Refuge and keep habitats healthy for the wildlife we all want to protect.

It’s easy and fast to make a donation.

You can link directly to our donation page and donate by credit card: https;//www.give-more-24.org/#npo/friends-of-the-ridgefield-national-wildlife-refuge

Your donations, whether large or small, will help us ensure that we have the staff and resources to accommodate every school group that wants to bring kids to the Refuge for an outdoor experience—to restore and maintain critical wildlife habitat—and to educate people through demonstrations of the art and culture of local native peoples at the Plankhouse. All donations are 100% tax deductavble.

Help us extend our reach

Forward this message to everyone you know and encourage them to support the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.

Our heartfelt thanks for your support.

 

Help Make BirdFest a Success

Birds up close and personal, guided walks, kayak and canoe trips, Sandhill crane tours, seminars, free movies, Birder’s Marketplace, and award-winning bluegrass bands are just some of the treats awaiting you at this year’s BirdFest & Bluegrass weekend. Hone your wildlife photography skills or learn basic watercolor techniques. Explore the geology and cultural history of the Refuge. Enjoy a traditional salmon bake with drumming by members of the Chinook Indian Nation and Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde. Learn about the planned reintroduction of magnificent condors along the Columbia River. Find out what birds are talking about when they sing, chatter and squawk. Let your children explore engaging, hands-on activities or listen to skilled storytellers relate tales from the wild.   Raptors at BF

The official BirdFest schedule is available online at ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest/ and shows you everything you’ll need to know to plan your fabulous weekend at the 2015 BirdFest & Bluegrass celebration. See you there!

Your Help Makes BirdFest a Success!

BirdFest is right around the corner, and that means we need a big flock of helpers. Increase your fun and make new friends by volunteering during part of the weekend. Here’s where we need extra hands:

  • Helping on Friday to set up the display of winning photographs from this year’s Photo Contest;
  • Greeting and orienting event guests at information tables and booths and selling Friends merchandise in Davis Park on Saturday and Sunday;
  • Helping direct visitor parking;
  • Collecting donations for the Friends during the bird show, canoe paddles, and other events;
  • Helping with event setup Saturday Morning and take-down Sunday evening;
  • Helping with the family activities in Davis Park or around the Plankhouse.

Second Sunday at the Plankhouse

Celebrate Cedar with Artist and Weaver Judy Bridges at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse on Second Sunday, Sunday, September 13th, noon to – 4 pm. Cathlapotle plankhouse

Join us for a day of demonstrations and hands-on activities celebrating an icon of the Pacific Northwest, the Western Red Cedar.

Because it can provide homes, clothing, canoes, medicine, and more, the Western Red Cedar tree is highly honored by many Native Peoples in the Northwest for its role in their life ways and cultures. Many cedar traditions are still vibrant in Native communities today. Cowlitz weaver Judy Bridges will be in the Plankhouse demonstrating cedar weaving and bark processing techniques. There will also be opportunities to try your hand at splitting a cedar log and pounding cedar bark for fiber.

At 2:00 pm, a Refuge Naturalist will lead a hike around the Oaks to Wetlands Trail, exploring the connection between people, wildlife and cedar.

New Bridge at Carty Unit

 

Photos by Paul Snoey

Photos by Paul Snoey

The access to the refuge was closed earlier this week.  The old span was dismantled and removed from the tracks and then the site was cleaned up.  The access was open again on Thursday.  The new walkway is easier and ADA compliant.  But the nice thing about it is the great view of the refuge.

On the west side is a bench to sit on and enjoy the refuge and Carty Lake.  Carty Lake is full of water fowl in the winter so this bench should be a great place to sit and watch. bridge w bench