Willapa is for the birds! Check the skies and shorelines for migrating birds - including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors and songbirds.
Uncover refuge wildlife watching hotspots
Numerous amphibians make their home in the refuge and it is a great time to view them. Look for newts and frogs on damp days.
Learn more about Refuge amphibians...
In the Mix
Ocean tides combine life-giving nourishment with nutrient-laden fresh waters, creating one of the most productive environments on earth.
Learn more about the estuary
Connect to Nature
Explore the story of a Refuge stream, told through structures and sculptures rather than words. Can't make it to the refuge - take a virtual tour!Take the virtual tour
About the Complex
The variety of habitats near the mouth of the Columbia River are home to a diversity of wildlife and three National Wildlife Refuges.
Willapa is managed as part of the Willapa Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
What's Happening at the Refuge
The Willapa Bay Estuary is a smorgesbord that attracts an abundance of wildlife to its shores.Pull up a seat
Although Punxsutawney Phil predicted a longer winter, the blooming willows are a sure sign spring is here.Search for spring arrivals...
Lurking on the forest edges, wet meadows and near wetlands, this predator is often heard but not seen.Find out who this refuge denizen is
The bright purple flowers of the early blue violet grace one of the Refuge's native prairie restoration sites - a sign of progress towards the return of the threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly. Learn more about grassland conservation
This cup-sized shorebird is threatened by shrinking habitat. Find out why the Western snowy plover is in danger...
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 19, 2014