Wildlife Calendar

Help support the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and their unique education and habitat restoration programs by purchasing this 2017 calendar, originally $15, now just $7.50!
These 16 month calendars run from January 2017 to April 2018, and feature all 16 of the 2016 Refuge Photo Contest Winners.

Each month’s photo is labeled with the winner’s name and their ranking in the contest, as well as identification of the subject of each photo. This calendar also includes key dates that are important to the Friends and the Refuge.

This 8.5×11 calendar opens to 11×17, with #80 cover paper and #100 paper inside. It is saddle-stitched, and includes a hole for wall hanging.

Please contact the Friends of the Refuge at contact@ridgefieldfriends.org with questions.

To purchase these beautiful calendarshttps://www.freewebstore.org/friends-of-ridgefield-national-wildlife-refuge/product/calendar.

Don’t want to pay shipping?

You can also find these calendars for sale at Season’s Coffee Tea & Remedies, located inside the Old Liberty Theater at 115 N Main Ave, Ridgefield, WA 98642! (Cash or check please!)

 

Volunteer at the Refuge

Work alongside fellow conservationists at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge while learning about native wildlife management this Saturday, Aug. 27. Volunteers are key to helping biological staff keep wetlands healthy by searching for and removing invasive plants. All work days begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine.

Participants should wear waterproof boots (some are available on‐site) and dress for the weather. Gloves, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Volunteers will meet at the visitor kiosk on the River ‘S’ Unit of the Refuge. Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information and to register, click here or email ridgefieldbulrush@gmail.com.

Enter the RNWR Photo Contest

The annual Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge photo contest deadline is Sept 6. Anyone can enter up to 6 photos and entry is free. The prizes are quite nice and they don’t only have to be bird photos with a monster lens that most of us can’t afford. Last year’s winners include photos of frogs and other critters.

Here is the link for more information: http://prophotosupply.com/newsdesk/2016/07/ridgefield-wildlife-refuge-photo-contest/

Coyote at the Refuge

Coyote

Paul Snoey packed a lunch and headed cross county into the refuge today. He stopped at Fowler Lake to take off his boots and put on running shoes so he could wade through the wetlands.

A coyote puppy came out of the reeds on Blackwater Island and laid down in the shallows for a cool soak

So cute! Paul grabbed his camera and got a couple pictures using a hiking stick to steady the camera. Thanks for sending, Paul.

Temporary River ‘S’ Closure

Fish & Wildlife

The River ‘S’ Unit of the Refuge will be closed Tuesday July 5th for wetland maintenance.
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 Plankhouse Second Sunday Series

Fish & Wildlife

WHEN: July 10th, 12pm – 4pm

WHERE: Cathlapotle Plankhouse, 28908 North Main Avenue, Ridgefield WA 98624

Events FREE with Refuge Admission

Contempory Native Art Inspired by Cultures of the Columbia RiverMask Exhibit and Artist Talks by Lillian Pitt and Bill Rutherford

1:00pm  ARTIST TALKS

Renowned Native Artists and Friends, Lillian Pitt (Wasco, Yakama, Warm Springs) & Bill Rutherford (Chickasaw and African American), will speak on their creative process, how they draw inspiration from Native Cultures of the Columbia River, and why they use masks as a medium of artistic expression. There will also be mask collections from each artist on display throughout the day.

2:30pm   GUIDED ETHNOBOTANY HIKE

(Hikers meet in front of the Plankhouse, approximately 1 mile hike on uneven terrain)

Mask exhibit, Plankhouse tours and kids’ activities are ongoing during the event.

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!