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Finley National Wildlife Refuge


This outing will be a fun two for one trip to the unique Finley National Wildlife Refuge north of Junction City. This Refuge is especially for the Dusky Geese, a sub-species of Canada Geese. The Duskies are the largest and the rarest of the 7 sub-species of Canada Geese and only winter here in Oregon in the Willamette Valley. Several other species of geese, swans, and ducks make this refuge their home for the cold part of the year. So, most of the trails in this large refuge are only open  from April 1st till October 31.

In the morning we will join other volunteers removing scotch broom and other invasive plants for 2 hours from 10-12. This is a great chance to give back a little for all the joy we receive from the great out of doors we have here in Oregon.

Then we will have lunch at the new park headquarters and have time to ask the staff about the refuge.

After lunch we will hike a few of the marshes and ponds including Cabell, Beaver, and Cattail. This is hike will be about 4 miles downhill both ways. This is a very easy hike for all ages. My wife and I saw a family of river otters last time we hiked this area. There are beaver, beaver dams, eagles, bears, and elk at this refuge.

The staff asks us to come prepared with gloves, hat, sturdy shoes, water bottles, long-sleeved shirts and a smile. An important note: Since this is a wildlife refuge no dogs other than official service dogs are allowed.

We ask you bring your cameras, binoculars, sketch books, water bottles, good walking shoes, rain gear, and curiosity.

(For those who do not use MeetUp Contact leader:  Lon Otterby,[masked] or [masked] for RSVP.) This outing will be limited to 20 participants.

 


About us: The Many Rivers Group is affiliated with State and National Sierra Club organizations.  The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organization in the country, with nearly a million members and supporters nationwide.  The Many Rivers Group is an all-volunteer organization that represents Sierra Club members in Douglas, Coos, and Lane counties.  Please let us know us if you would like to join our our conservation and environmental protection efforts.

 

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  • Lon O.

    We had great sunny weather all day at the Finley
    Refuge.

    June 19, 2013

  • Bill K.

    While I've already missed one outing to the refuge which I've never seen I've got to make a decision based on wisdom and since I'm very allergic to poison oak it seems wiser that I don't go even tho I'd be willing to help with the work otherwise. I look forward very much to the next outing there especially since part of the refuge land came from my family and believe it or not I have never seen it!

    June 18, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Hi Bill

      June 19, 2013

    • Lon O.

      I can not promise there will be no poison oak near where we are doing the plant work, but we can keep the hike away from any poison oak.

      June 19, 2013

  • Lon O.

    There is some poison oak along the trails in the Refuge. We will be going rain or shine so if you would still like to come along please bring rain gear. We will not work open fields if there are thunderstorms.

    June 18, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Also I'd like to know if there is poisin oak among the brooms?

    June 18, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Considering the change in the weather is this going to happen rain or shine?

    June 18, 2013

  • Lon O.

    Hey All It looks to be a very sloppy day at Finley on Wednesday. Although it could turn out to be great. I will look for you all at the meetup but if you can't show I understand completely. Those who do come be sure to bring along rain gear. If we get thunderstorms we wont be working out in the open fields. We will find some thing else with the park staff.
    I look forward to seeing who ever can make it.
    Cheers!

    June 17, 2013

  • Jean L.

    Sorry, I have to cancel just realized I have a conflicting event the same day. Hope you all enjoy!

    June 17, 2013

  • Marissa

    Lon,

    I'm computer challenged, i guess 'cause I tried and tried to find how to RSVP and it didn't work. How about this?

    June 15, 2013

    • Lon O.

      Thanks Marissa. It worked just fine. Some of these things are not easy.

      June 15, 2013

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