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  • Summer brings Special Events to the Cathlapotle Plankhouse

    The 2nd Sunday series continues with Contemporary Masks inspired by the Native Cultures of the Columbia River on July 10 at 1pm! When renowned Native American artist Lillian Pitt challenged her friend Bill Rutherford explore his Native American heritage, neither knew what would emerge. The artists will talk about the inspiration derived from local Native cultures and why they use masks to express themselves.

    For a list of upcoming events

  • Schooling Sagebrush Stewards

    Earlier this year, the USFWS and the Sage Grouse Initiative hosted a Free Sagebrush Ecosystem Webinar.  This training for educators and shared tools with which to reach out to the next generation of sagebrush stewards. Now you can access the taped webinar and other resources about Greater Sage-Grouse.

    Watch the webinar

  • Celebrating 100 Years of Migratory Bird Conservation

    This year we mark the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds - also called the Migratory Bird Treaty - that was signed on Aug. 16, 1916. This treaty and three others that followed, form the cornerstones of our efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. 

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  • Conservation Connect LIVE

    Check out Conservation Connect LIVE, a new web-based video series that aims to connect youth with the great outdoors and conservation careers. Broadcasts take place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. March's presentation will focus on mussels and American eels. 

    For more information and to check out other episodes, resources, and lesson plans, visit

  • Cathlapotle Plankhouse Celebrates 10 Years

    This year, Ridgefield NWR’s Cathlapotle Plankhouse is celebrating its 10th anniversary as a tangible link to the first people of the Columbia River who lived here in the past and a unique site for the interpretation of the natural and cultural heritage preserved on the Refuge.

    Learn more from the Ridgefield NWR Friends Group

Upcoming events

Celebrating the Manu O Ku

Did you know that the Manu O Ku  (White Tern) is the official bird of the City and County of Honolulu?  Join the FWS and our Partners at Iolani Palace on May 14th to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the beautiful Manu O Ku.  Bring a picnic lunch and listen to music my Jon Osorio, Duncan Kamakan and Jamaica Osorio and celebrate in the dance with Kumu Hula James Dela Cruz

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upcoming volunteer opportunities

  • Ricefield Bulrush Removal Work Parties - Ridgefield NWR

    July through September 2016! Come spend some time outside at the scenic Ridgefield NWR and help us eradicate an invasive wetland plant- ricefield bulrush. Ricefield bulrush came to the Refuge accidentally in 1999 in a seed mix that was intended to restore and improve wildlife habitat. It degrades habitat for native wildlife and we have been managing it since 2002. With your help we can meet our eradication goals!

    Information about the activityFriends of Ridgefield NWR

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