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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 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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  • lots of roads and nature trails posters all over explaining wildlife deer elk birds all over. the lucky one might even see a bob cat  more »
  • This is a great place to view ... whatever is visible at the time. We have been to Finley at various times of the year and have seen elk, deer, huge flocks of geese, ducks, hawks, gophers, ground squi...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • I have been hiking here for years, it is a great hiking place that is never overcrowded, my only issue is trail and road maintenence there trails flood regularly and the roads need fresh gravel. Be warned that half the park closes during the geese migration
  • Such a peaceful, wonderful place for a great walk in nature.
  • Great place to hike and see beauty, such a great place.
  • Great trails to walk. Several interpretive signs. Many birds to observe (fewer in summer). Wild flowers in spring and early summer.
  • A wonderful day with nature!

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