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The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit dedicated to promoting educational programs of the Ridgefield NWR, and protecting and enhancing it’s wildlife habitat.

The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge offers a beautiful natural environment for exploring and bird watching, a Chinookan style Plankhouse for connecting with our regions First Peoples, community events, and opportunities to get involved in habitat restoration programs. Thank you for your interest in Friends of Ridgefield NWR. We hope to see you at the refuge soon!

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BirdFest & Bluegrass Is this weekend!

The 2015 Bird Of The Year is the American White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos 

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This year’s event is October 2, 3, and 4.
Go on a naturalist hike, paddle lake river, see birds of prey soar, attend a photography workshop, listen to some music, attend a salmon bake and more during the 16th Annual BirdFest & Bluegrass celebration.

Check out the BirdFest page of our website, or download the whole schedule of events. We hope to see you at this year’s Festival!


National Wildlife Refuge Association Photo Contest2015 contest
The National Wildlife Refuge Association is now accepting entries for their annual photo contest. Click the flyer for more information or head to the NWRA website, .




Ridgefield NWR Celebrates 50 years of Conservation with Pelican Brewing CompanyPBC_RNWR-COMBO-SM

The Friends have partnered with Pelican brewing company to create and release a special edition label for Pelican’s award winning Imperial Pelican Ale. This label highlights refuge wildlife and habitats, and has a QR code link to the Friends website. Through this partnership, we will be able to share the Refuge with a wider audience, increase awareness for recreational opportunities, and raise money for the Friends! This limited edition bottle of Imperial Pelican Ale will be available wherever Pelican beer is sold and fresh at both Pelican locations in Oregon. Visit this web page for more information! 





The Friends Receive National Award for the Cathlapotle Plankhouse Project!

TPreserve America logohe Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was honored recently when Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, designated it as one of the nation’s newest Preserve America Stewards. Designation as a Preserve America Steward provides national recognition for programs that successfully use volunteers to help care for our historic and cultural heritage. Benefits include use of the Preserve America logo on educational and promotional materials and listing in a Web-based directory that showcases the Friends volunteer efforts to care for important historic resources for the benefit of present and future generations. For more information visit and

View more upcoming events at our calendar.

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 The Friends of Ridgefield NWR Need You!

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting educational programs, increasing public awareness and protecting and enhancing the natural and cultural resources of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Get more information. Become a member or renew your membership now.