Take A Hike!
Explore Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge with a walk on one of its many trails and boardwalks.
A Haven for Geese
Did you know that Ankeny NWR was originally established to provide winter habitat for dusky Canada geese?
Learn how we manage land for geese.
The Oregon Chub Recovers!
Did you know the Oregon chub was the fish species ever to be delisted from the Endangered Species List? Cool, huh?!
Nature Center News
Did you know that the USFWS is currently working with the Salem Audubon Society to build a Nature Center at Ankeny NWR? The building is still in the planning stages, so stay tuned for details!Nature Center News
About the Complex
A collection of three refuges provides wintering habitat and sanctuary for dusky Canada goose, other waterfowl, and migratory birds in Oregon's emerald landscape, the Willamette Valley.
Ankeny is managed as part of the Willamette Valley NWR 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
Clowns of the Oak Woodland
Acorn woodpeckers are unique in the woodpecker world because of their intricate social patterns. They work in groups to raise their young and store acorns in a communal “granary” for the winter. While in theory similar to squirrels, the acorn woodpecker granary is characterized by hundreds of little holes drilled in the side of a tree, each one holding a single nut. You can identify acorn woodpeckers by their striking clown-like feather patterns and their unmistakable “waka waka” call.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Canada Geese, George Gentry/USFWS, Red-tailed hawk
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2015