Pacific Region Highlights

The devastating effects of invasive mussels in our waterways
The devastating effects of invasive mussels in our waterways Creative Commons

National Invasive Species Awareness Week Feb 27 - Mar 3

Invasive species - doesn't sound very threatening, does it? But these invaders can have devastating effects on wildlife and people. Invasive species are plants, animals, and organisms that are not traditionally found in a given location but are having a negative impact on regional ecosystems. Non-native species are one of the leading threats to wildlife, human health and on local economies, costing billions of dollars each year.

Don't Let it Loose

NISAW 2017 Toolkit

Sage-grouse USFWS Image

Sage-grouse get all the water they need from their food.

Sagebrush is the primary food source for sage-grouse, especially in the winter when they are completely dependent on sagebrush. In the spring, sage-grouse hens switch their diet to forbs (small non-grass plants) and available insects to get the nutrients they need for egg production. Insects are a key source of protein for sage-grouse chicks. Sage-grouse do not absolutely need a source of surface water. 

Learn more about the sage-brush ecosystem

The boardwalk at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
The boardwalk at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge USFWS Image

Racing the Sunset at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

One of the premiere Urban Wildlife Refuges across the country, Ridgefield NWR offers so much. From Birdfest & Bluegrass to Native American culture, history and ceremonies to birdwatching and sunset chasing.  Just across the north/south train tracks west of I-5 in Ridgefield Washington lies a little slice of wilderness flanking the Lower Columbia River.  Visitors to the refuge recently filmed an evening adventure filled with the sights and sounds of dusk.  Have your own adventure; hike the ADA approved trails; visit the Cathlapotle Plankhouse or even spot an endangered Columbia white-tailed deer.  Just remember, the refuge closes at dusk - but what a way to race the sunset.

Watch this amazing Video

The Ridgefield NWR Complex

Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

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