Wildlife & Habitat

Tundra Swans, Ankeny

At Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, wildlife observation opportunities abound for a variety of species. From the croaking Pacific chorus frog, to the cackling acorn woodpecker, there is always something new to discover. For information on where to start your journey, please see our Trails & Viewing Areas page. 

  • Birds

    Black necked stilt

    Observation blinds located on Rail Trail, Pintail and Egret Trails are a great way to get a closer view of the variety of waterfowl on the Refuge. The highest number of waterfowl on the Refuge can be seen at the Eagle Marsh Overlook.

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  • Habitat

    Eagle Marsh small

    The 2,796 acres of Ankeny NWR is located in the floodplain of both the Willamette and Santiam Rivers. This contributes to the large number of wetland habitat located on the Refuge. Fields of wildlife food crops are interspersed with meandering creeks with bottomland Oregon ash forest and mature big-leaf maple in mixed coniferous forest.

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  • Threatened and Endangered Species

    Streaked Horned Lark

    The Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex is home to 10 different federally listed species of plants and wildlife.


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