William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge, Corvallis

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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 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.Under cooperative agreements, area farmers plant refuge fields to produce nutritious grasses preferred by geese. The geese also need water for resting and foraging habitat. Many refuge wetlands occur naturally; others are created by dikes and levees. Some refuge wetlands, drained or channelized by previous owners, are being restored in low-lying areas of the refuge to increase diversity and desirability of habitat for wildlife.
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  • We go to Finely several times every winter and almost always see huge flocks of migratory birds. Dusky geese, swans, and numerous species of ducks. Seeing several thousand geese suddenly lift off the ...  more »
  • great place for walks bird watching etc i like to go in early morning and hopefully see the elk i love to go and just walk peaceful usually quiet relaxing  more »
  • Largely undeveloped wildlife viewing (birding) area. Dusty gravel roads over much of the area. Nice hike on the woodpecker loop trail.  more »
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  • I'm a birder, live in Salem, work in Corvallis. I love heading down to Finley for a short or long day of exploring either by road or out on a trail. I've enjoyed all seasons for the variety and abundance. Highly recommend for a nice drive, easy hikes, and great wildlife viewing. Also check out the shop. Lots of great gift ideas.
  • Great hikes and great forest. You can hear birds and see squirrels very often. I suppose if you really want to see exotic wildlife this isn't the greatest place, but you can hunt (if that's your thing) and hike at this wonderful wildlife refuge. I highly recommend going to this place. Whether you're alone, with a big family, or somewhere in between, this is a great place for fresh air and excersize. No downsides to going here. (Except some trails have gunshot sounds at certain times. Don't let this scare you though.)
  • We did not go for wildlife viewing per say, but the park is beautiful and very relaxing. There are several small walks to explore and lots of nice places to stop along the road when driving through.
  • This place is a gorgeous retreat. Birds, water, beautiful trails, old houses and barns. Absolutely gorgeous and well worth the trip.
  • The drive through the Refuge was easy to follow, with several short side trips. We walked the Woodpecker Loop, enjoying the Wood Wrens, Towhees & Flickers. We also spotted Coral Mushrooms, "Cardemine Nuttallii" & other flora. We took over 170 pictures, which included various trees in the Savanah with crowns of Mistletoe, and a herd of about 80 Roosevelt Elk. A peaceful get-away for the day which has caused us to plan a return trip for certain.
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