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Wildlife Refuge

What the largest project of its kind on Lower Columbia means for salmon, waterfowlvideo icon

May 22, 2022, 12:15pm Latest News

When is a wetlands refuge not really a wetlands refuge? Read story

Steigerwald refuge gains more trails, wetlands, wildlife

May 8, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

When Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge reopened May 1, visitors were likely surprised to see all the changes that have taken place. But the crew members working to remove an… Read story

A restored section of Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is pictured Oct. 13.

$31M Steigerwald restoration project winding down

A restored section of Gibbons Creek at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is pictured Oct. 13.

April 9, 2022, 3:57pm Clark County News

As a three-year, $31 million restoration project once described as “the largest the lower Columbia River has seen” wraps up at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge this spring, visitors will again be able to enjoy the wild beauty of the Washougal-area refuge. Read story

Geese take off from an island in the Columbia River. Squaw Island in the Columbia is among the places that the DNR is planning to rename.

Squaw Island in the Columbia River near Ridgefield to be renamed

Geese take off from an island in the Columbia River. Squaw Island in the Columbia is among the places that the DNR is planning to rename.

April 5, 2022, 6:02am Clark County News

Clark County’s little known and hard to find Squaw Island will soon have a new name. The island is among 18 sites in Washington with geographic names considered derogatory to Indigenous women slated for renaming. Read story

A pair of geese preen their feathers at the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge at the western end of the Columbia River Gorge.

The 10 best bird watching spots close to Clark County

A pair of geese preen their feathers at the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge at the western end of the Columbia River Gorge.

October 19, 2020, 6:02am Latest News

Whether you’re craning your neck to see sandhill cranes or hoofing it down the trail for a rough-legged hawk, there are several ways and places to go bird watching close to Portland this fall. Read story

A sandhill crane family has been nesting at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Project leader Eric Anderson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took this photo of one of the cranes on its nest.

Sandhill cranes make special delivery at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

A sandhill crane family has been nesting at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. Project leader Eric Anderson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took this photo of one of the cranes on its nest.

June 16, 2020, 6:05am Clark County Life

There’s a truly rare event now underway at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, and staff there do not want you to come see. Read story

Samantha Zeiner of the Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge walks through her family's acreage between Ridgefield and Battle Ground while demonstrating how she records a virtual birding walk. The refuge is closed to visitors, so Zeiner streams her own live birding walk from this site, which is also on the Pacific Flyway and popular with avian visitors.

Ridgefield woman records, virtually shares birdsongs from family farm

Samantha Zeiner of the Friends of Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge walks through her family's acreage between Ridgefield and Battle Ground while demonstrating how she records a virtual birding walk. The refuge is closed to visitors, so Zeiner streams her own live birding walk from this site, which is also on the Pacific Flyway and popular with avian visitors.

May 26, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Life

RIDGEFIELD -- Samantha Zeiner wasn't a real birder until coronavirus locked down her life. Now Zeiner goes on a rural birding walk early every Tuesday morning without leaving her home turf, and streams her journey for folks who wish they could go too. Read story

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, is calling on the federal government to reopen national wildlife refuges to the public.

Herrera Beutler calls for reopening of national wildlife refuges

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, is calling on the federal government to reopen national wildlife refuges to the public.

May 1, 2020, 7:38pm Clark County News

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, is calling on the federal government to reopen national wildlife refuges to the public. Read story

Volunteers with the Washington Trails Association make their way to the north loop of the Oaks to Wetlands trail in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, where they've been invited to help with a major redesign-and-rebuild project.

Oak restoration on track at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Volunteers with the Washington Trails Association make their way to the north loop of the Oaks to Wetlands trail in the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, where they've been invited to help with a major redesign-and-rebuild project.

February 2, 2020, 6:05am Clark County Life

Messy, muddy expanses of tree stumps and rock piles are not what draw visitors to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, but they’re what’s on display this winter, up in the northern loop of the Oaks to Wetlands Trail. Read story