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William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Corvallis

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web
William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge is a natural area in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, United States. It was created to provide wintering habitat for dusky Canada geese. Unlike other Canada geese, dusky Canada geese have limited summer and winter ranges. They nest on Alaska's Copper River Delta and winter almost exclusively in the Willamette Valley. Habitat loss, predation, and hunting have caused a decrease in population.Located ten miles south of Corvallis, Oregon, the refuge protects many of the historic habitats of the valley, including the largest remaining tract of native Willamette Valley wet prairie. Fields of wildlife food crops are interspersed with Oregon white oak savannah, meandering creeks with bottomland Oregon ash forest, old growth bigleaf maple, and native prairie.Other management goals are to preserve native species and enhance biodiversity including the rare oak savannah, upland prairie, and wet prairie habitats. Endangered and threatened species such as peregrine falcons, bald eagles, Oregon chub, and Bradshaw's desert parsley find protection and sanctuary on the refuge. A herd of Roosevelt elk can be found in the bottomland forests or farm fields on the refuge.
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  • We got here around noon. The start of the hike was hard to find as our Garmin GPS took us to the center of the park. The park store is open Friday - Sunday only. The hike was very nice. We did the Mil...  read more »
  • The Jomer Campbell trail is wheelchair accessible and leads to a beautiful pavilion overlooking the lake where we saw a flock of white pelicans 
  • The structures are a bit aged, but the area and wildlife are great. Handicapped access is quite good with fishing. Also quite near is an archery range. 
  • Another great nwr with amazing hiking trails
  • It's very beautiful and so awesome with all the wildlife " I love how this is preserved for the wildlife and the beautiful land !!!!!!!!!!! We all definitely need it " Thank you
  • Awesome place to go spend a day in nature. Unwind and bring binoculars and snacks!
  • Saw a golden eagle, many many ducks and geese. This is a gem of a place! I am so thankful someone had the foresight to set aside natural spaces for wildlife. Uplifting experience!
  • i remember visiting rhis place in grade school!
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