Our Mission

The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit dedicated to promoting educational programs of the Ridgefield NWR, and protecting and enhancing its 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!


Regarding Governmental Shutdown

“Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is unable fully to staff the properties under its management.  It is not feasible to close or otherwise prohibit all access to National Wildlife Refuge System properties.  Refuge visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, as FWS personnel will not be available to provide guidance, assistance, maintenance, or emergency response on Refuge System property.  Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor’s sole risk.”
This does not affect the Volunteer and Member Dinner on January 21st, as this event is at the Ridgefield Community Center.


  • Annual Volunteer and Member Dinner

    December 20, 2017

    You're invited! Join us January 21st 4-6pm! Members get to vote on new members, the Refuge Chef is providing dinner, bring a dessert or a side to share! (If you would like to come but it is after the RSVP date, please email us so we can add you to the list)

  • 2018 Calendars on Sale Now!

    November 20, 2017

    On Sale now! Shop while supporting a great cause! The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge's 2018 Calendar is here, and this year's calendar features the winning photos of our annual photo contest. The calendars are now only $15, and all proceeds go to support our mission! Whether as a holiday gift for loved ones, or a functional keepsake for yourself, your purchase helps support our public lands, protecting wildlife and the history of our area, in perpetuity.

  • Chinookan Steller’s Jay T-Shirt

    November 19, 2017

    The Chinook name for Blue Jay is pronounced "skees skees". In the Chinook stories Blue Jay was a nearly omnipotent character at a time when the world was occupied by the animal/people. Order this shirt in any style! From a sweatshirt, t-shirt, tank top or onesie- get this design however you like! Proceeds from these shirts goes directly to support the unique and diverse programs of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, from the animals and the trees to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse and the volunteers who make it all happen- we couldn't do it without you.

  • Friends Clothing and Accessories!

    September 21, 2017

    Do you love wildlife, birding, photography or supporting a good cause? Then come get the new Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge gear! Find travel mugs, coffee mugs, bags, shirts and more! Proceeds go to fund our wonderful, unique and engaging habitat and education programs, family events like BirdFest, and the volunteers who make it happen! Online only, get yours today!

  • Curious About the Growth of Ridgefield?

    September 1, 2016

    Head to www.portridgefield.org to see what our neighbors are up to, and their plans for the town.

Bird Sightings

Weekly Bird sightings list, Bird Sightings 2016, & Species List

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