Take A Hike!
Explore Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge with a walk on one of its many trails and boardwalks.
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.
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?!
Nature Center News
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
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
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
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
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!
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!
Clowns of the Oak Woodland
Acorn woodpeckers are unique in the woodpecker world because of their intricate social patterns. They work in groups to raise their young and store acorns in a communal “granary” for the winter. While in theory similar to squirrels, the acorn woodpecker granary is characterized by hundreds of little holes drilled in the side of a tree, each one holding a single nut. You can identify acorn woodpeckers by their striking clown-like feather patterns and their unmistakable “waka waka” call.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Canada Geese, George Gentry/USFWS, Red-tailed hawk
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2016