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  • Take A Hike!

    Take A Hike!

    Explore Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge with a walk on one of its many trails and boardwalks.

    Ankeny Trails

  • Rotator Goose

    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.

  • Oregon Chub at Finley NWR

    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?!

    Learn More

Nature Center News

A Nature Center at Ankeny?

Great Horned Owl

Did you know that the USFWS is currently working with the Salem Audubon Society and Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex on the potential for a Nature Center at Ankeny Refuge? The project is still in the early planning stages, so stay tuned for details!

Nature Center News

About the Complex

Willamette Valley NWR Complex

Complex Graphic

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

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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Ankeny Updates

  • Bilingual Nature Walks - Descubre su Refuge!

    Bilingual Nature Hikes

    Este es un evento familiar, de todas las edades, gratis para quienes quieran saber mas sobre los Refugios, aves, salir al aire libre y conocer mas amigos. Join us for one hour walks that will introduce you to some of the popular trails of the Willamette Valley Refuges! Free, family friendly, and a great way to expand your Spanish vocabulary, spot some neat wildlife, get outside, and make some new friends! 2/11, 3/25, 4/8 and 4/15 at 10 am.

    2017 WVNWRC Bilingual Nature Hikes
  • 2017 Solar Eclipse

    2017 Solar Eclipse Image

    On August 21st the moon will cross in front of the sun, creating a solar eclipse. Click here for more details on eclipse viewing in the region and the limited options and special closures at the 3 Refuges.

    2017 Solar Eclipse ST Message
  • Ankeny Hill Nature Center: Thank you for your comments!

    School bus drawing

    We want to thank you for your comments, suggestions and edits on the Ankeny Hill Nature Center project and the Environmental Assessment (EA). We had a great turnout at the public meeting and valuable feedback. If you haven't read it yet, click the link to download the EA.

    AHNC Draft Final EA
  • Habitat Restoration at Ankeny Hill Overlook and Peregrine Marsh

    Vol riparian planting at ANK

    480 potted native trees and shrubs, over 1000 willow and cottonwood stakes, over 50 lbs of native wetland see, and over 40 lbs of native upland prairie seed across 30 acres! Over the past year we have been focusing on habitat restoration in the Ankeny Hill Overlook and Peregrine Marsh area of the Refuge (formerly known as Field 27). Ankeny is known for its wetlands and wetland dependent species and this management unit is one of our most visible and most visited. Click the link to find out more!

    Habitat Restoration details_link
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Canada Geese, George Gentry/USFWS, Red-tailed hawk
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2017
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