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    Take A Hike!

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

    Ankeny Trails

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    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?!

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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!

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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 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.

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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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Ankeny Updates

  • 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!

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  • Northwest Youth Corps hard at work at Ankeny Refuge!

    YCC Crew at ANK

    Twelve hardworking local high school students and two crew leaders with the Northwest Youth Corps spent almost 2 weeks at Ankeny in June providing much needed assistance. With a great attitude and work ethic they have really helped Refuge staff tackle some tough jobs: removing English ivy from along Bashaw Creek, pulling truckloads of invasive species, trail maintenance at Rail Trail, and pulling weeds that threaten our new riparian plantings. Huge thanks and high fives to all of them!

  • A Home for Monarchs

    Caterpillar in Jefferson classroom

    In a fun and productive partnership with Jefferson Elementary School, the closest elementary school to the Refuge, two third grade classrooms became conservation heroes to monarch butterflies, a species in sharp decline and an international conservation focus. The ~50 students came out to the Refuge in January and planted a large plot of milkweed, the host plant for the butterflies. After planting habitat for monarchs, the students then raised monarch caterpillars in their classroom, successfully releasing 3 adult monarchs back out to the milkweed patch where the whole project started!

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Canada Geese, George Gentry/USFWS, Red-tailed hawk
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2016
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