Wetlands, Wildflowers, & Wonder: Celebrating 50 Years!5/10/2014 10am - 3pm
Join us at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on May 10th for a day full of food, fun and festivities in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the refuge. Since 1964 the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has worked to restore the native habitats of the refuge, and now it is time to celebrate our successes! In honor of these 50 years of service and as part of the Natural Areas Celebration Week and International Migratory Bird Day, we have prepared a variety of activities that explore the diverse history of the refuge lands, including history prior to 1964, and the restoration work that has been done since.
Start your journey at the Prairie
Overlook off Finley Refuge Road at our east entrance near Hwy 99W. Check-out a
camera and get your kids involved with a photography scavenger hunt (cameras
are limited, so arrive early). Take a walk with botanists through the largest stretch
of native wet prairie in the valley and pick up your own pack of prairie wildflower
seed. Make sure to arrive at the Cabell Lodge by 11:00 a.m. to join Project
Leader Damien Miller as he welcomes you to the celebration. Stick around for
live music with local band “The Hunks & The Hottie,” and a buffet lunch catered by Forks &
Corks catering (food is $5, children under 5 eat free). After lunch, take a
stroll through historic Cabell Lodge, now open for the first time since the new
refuge headquarters building was completed in 2009. Inside you will find “Now
& Then” images of the refuge, natural history exhibits, and William L.
Finley’s turn of the century wildlife photography.
Throughout the day, vans will
leave from the Fiechter House to give you a ride up to Pigeon Butte, the new
home to endangered Fender’s blue butterfly. Experts will be waiting to give you
a tour of the restoration area and native wildflowers that will host the young
butterflies. While you wait for your van-ride, look back in time with a tour of
the historic Fiechter House and discover 19th century building
techniques. Or, walk across Finley Refuge Road to dissect an owl pellet and explore
historic farming equipment at Cabell Barn.
And don’t forget to take a drive up to the Refuge
Headquarters building and Wild Goose Nature Store! Peruse the 50th Anniversary
merchandise and place a bid on your favorite silent auction gift basket. On
your way there, catch a glimpse of Roosevelt elk moving through the open fields
or songbirds flitting from tree to tree.
Sponsors for this event include the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, Friends of the Willamette Valley NWR Complex,
PreservationWORKS, Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, and Tyee Wine Cellars.
Schedule of Events
11 am—Welcome! with Project Leader Damien Miller
11 am-2 pm—Buffet lunch catered by Forks and Corks Catering
11:30 am—Morning tour of Cabell Barn and historic farming equipment
11:30 am—Meet a real-live great horned owl with the Chintimini Wildlife Center at Cabell Barn
11:30 am-1:30 pm—Live music by The Hunks & the Hottie (don't forget to bring a lawn chair to enjoy the music!)
2:00 pm—Afternoon tour of Cabell Barn and historic farming equipment
2:30 pm—Silent Auction closes at Wild Goose Nature Store
10:00 am-3:00 pm—
Guided van rides and nature tours of Pigeon Butte, rides will leave from the Homer Campbell Boardwalk Trailhead
Photography Exhibits in historic Cabell Lodge, including a Refuge “Now & Then” display and William L. Finley’s historic nature photography
Lessons in rope-making and traditional plant-use with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, Cabell Lodge
Native prairie wildflower tours, Prairie Overlook
Children’s Photography Scavenger Hunt, starts at the Prairie Overlook
Tours of Historic Fiechter House, historic building materials, traditional 19th century wooden toys
Make sure to pick up a schedule when you arrive to receive a FREE wine tasting coupon for local winery and refuge partner Tyee Wine Cellars! As a fundraiser for the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Tyee will donate $1.00 for every bottle sold during the month of May.