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Welcome to your site for information on Friends of Ridgefield NWR. The Friends is a non-profit dedicated to promoting educational, environmental, and cultural programs of the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge.

Here, you can find information to plan your next visit, get involved, and support the refuge. The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge offers a beautiful natural environment for exploring and bird watching, a plank house for history education, and family community events. Thank you for your interest in Friends of Ridgefield NWR. We hope to see you at the refuge soon!

Learn about becoming a member or renew your membership now.

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Refuge News

Temporary Closure of the River ‘S’ Unit, Jan 27

The River ‘S’ Unit will be temporarily close on Tuesday, January 27th until 1:00 pm. The closure is required for track repairs at the railroad crossing. Public use of the River ‘S’ Unit will resume after repairs are completed at approximately 1:00 pm.

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.

Fall & Winter Habitat Restoration Events

Help restore habitat for the endangered Columbian White-Tailed Deer in the wild and beautiful setting of the 5,200 acre refuge. We need to plant 7,600 native trees and shrHabitat Fall Winter Spring Flyer 2014-15 9 29 14ubs to provide cover and forage for the deer and other wildlife. Registration is encouraged but not required. Contact staff at (360) 887-3883 or Click here to view the event dates. Special dates can also be arranged for groups. Hot drinks and snacks are provided.

Field Trip Educator Volunteer Training
April 10, 17 & 24

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National Audubon Society Photo Contest

“You love birds, and you love taking photos of them. Now show us your best work by entering the Audubon Photography Awards! There are spectacular prizes up for grabs, including fabulous trips and high-end photo gear. Winning photos will run in both Audubon and Nature’s Best Photography magazines.”


View more upcoming events at our calendar.

 Thanks To Our Sponsors:

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Birding Enthusiasts

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

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Clark Public Utilities National Environmental Education Foundation
National Fish& Wildlife Foundation
Environmental Paper & Print Pacific NW Best Fish Co. Parr Lumber Portland Audubon
Umpqua Bank

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Read about Emily Long and the Americorps program at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.


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.