What is Happening at our Refuge?

News: Road Repairs Delayed Due to Weather

Rain in the forecast will delay plans to add asphalt to the entrance roads of the Refuge. The previously announced Refuge closure on Friday, April 25th will not occur. Work will be rescheduled and any associated closures will be announced on this website.

Shop at FredMeyer? Support the Friends with your Rewards Card, and still earn points!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today!
  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge atwww.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 89824.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the Friends earn a donation to support the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge!
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information, please visitwww.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.

AmeriCorps at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge


Tatyana Klepanchuk is currently serving as the annual Education and Restoration Specialist AmeriCorps member for the Friends of RNWR at the Refuge, coordinating volunteers and habitat restoration projects and leading nature hikes for school field trips. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Tatyana has developed a deep appreciation and curiosity of the natural world. More specifically, she is fascinated with trees, wildlife, and natural resources. She joined the AmeriCorps program to gain more knowledge and hands-on experience within the environmental field. She completed an AA Degree at Edmonds Community College and will return to school after her term to continue studying environmental science. Tatyana began her service at the Refuge September 16, 2013, and will serve 1,700 hours over 10.5 months.

In exchange for their full time commitment, AmeriCorps members receive a monthly living stipend and an education award upon successful completion of their service term The Refuge and the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (Friends) are in their fifth year of sponsoring a full-time annual AmeriCorps position at the Refuge.  In the past three years the AmeriCorps position of Education and Restoration Specialist has been provided through an agreement with the Washington Service Corps in Olympia with matching funding provided by the Friends and the Refuge. The Washington Service Corps is affiliated with the national AmeriCorps program and is administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department. The AmeriCorps individual placement program in Washington is available to youth members from 18-25 years of age.

AmeriCorps members typically remain actively engaged in their communities long after their service is complete. An AmeriCorps study found that AmeriCorps alums are more attached to their communities, aware of community challenges, and significantly more likely to go into public service careers. An example of this at the Refuge is a previous Ridgefield AmeriCorps member . who is now working as the Plankhouse Coordinator following her service in 2012.For more information visit: (http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps) and. (http://www.esd.wa.gov/washingtonservicecorps/ql-about-us.php)2/18/14  Lynn Cornelius and Tatyana Klepanchuk, FRNWR

Birding Enthusiasts

See what is being seen at the refuge this week at Sightings

Interested in becoming a Friends of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Board Member?

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is looking to expand its Board Membership. The Board is seeking individuals with a deep passion for the environment and wildlife, appreciation of the area’s rich cultural heritage, maintenance and restoration of habitat, and environmental and cultural education.

We are looking for individuals with interests and skills in dealing with the intersection of organizations, the government, and business; advocacy; and fund raising. Board Members are expected to attend monthly meetings, lead and participate in designated committees, Bird Fest and Fund Raising events, and other community activities and events.

Please send your resume and a letter of interest to: contact@ridgefieldfriends.org

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.


Click here to Join or Renew Membership

The River ‘S’ Discovery Auto Tour route is a one-way 4.2-mile loop on graveled road that is open every day to vehicles during daylight hours and changes depending on the season (there is a Fall/Winter Tour and a Summer Tour). An  Informative Audio Tour CD is available now at the Visitor’s Station at the entrance to the Discovery Auto Tour Route and also at the refuge headquarters. This CD coordinates with 14 markers set along the Discovery Tour Route. There is no cost for the CD but its return would be appreciated.

You can download both the summer and fall/winter podcasts from iTunes by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can download the files for the podcasts of the Audio Tours by clicking here.

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