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    2017 Elk Hunt Information

    2017 Elk hunt information, regulations, map and application are available now!

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    Visit Snag Boat Bend!

    Did you know great blue herons nest in trees, forming colonies called rookeries? A heron rookery can be found at our Snag Boat Bend Unit.

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  • Oregon Chub at Finley NWR

    The Oregon Chub Recovers!

    The Oregon Chub is the first fish species ever to be removed from the Endangered Species List due to recovery!

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    Submit Your Wildlife Sighting!

    See something interesting on your last trip to the Refuge? Fill out our online Wildlife Sighting Report and share your story!

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Refuge Wildlife Report

What's New At Finley?


Want to know what to look for on your next visit? Check out our Refuge Wildlife Report for the most up-to-date scoop on what there is to see.

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About the Complex

Willamette Valley NWR Complex

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A collection of three refuges provides wintering habitat and sanctuary for the dusky Canada goose, other waterfowl and migratory birds in Oregon's emerald landscape, the Willamette Valley.

William L. Finley is managed as part of the Willamette Valley NWR Complex.

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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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Refuge Updates

  • 2017 Elk Hunt

    Roosevelt Elk Article

    2017 elk hunt information, map, regulations and application are now available.

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  • 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
  • Winter Wildlife Field Day 2017!

    WWFD 2017

    On Saturday, March 18th from 10 am - 2 pm join us at William L. Finley Refuge for a full day of family fun for all ages! Learn about pollinators as you move through all the stations. Go on a bird hike, make some nature crafts, take apart an owl pellet, visit with the live birds, pick-up milkweed for your backyard pollinators, and don't forget your collectible patch!

    2017 Winter Wildlife Field Day
  • 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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Marsh Wren, © Mike Larsen, Great Blue Heron, George Gentry/USFWS, Oregon Chub swim at Finley NWR, Rick Swart/ODFW, Dragonfly, © Joe Staff, Canada Geese, USFWS, Swallowtail Butterfly, © Joe Staff, Roosevelt Elk Bull, © Joe Staff, Cedar Waxwings, George Gentry/USFWS, Battling swans © Jim Leonard
Last Updated: May 05, 2017
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