[midvalleybirds] [Fwd: Winter Volunteer Opportunities with the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges]

clearwater at peak.org clearwater at peak.org
Tue Jan 14 09:51:30 PST 2020

Looks like I'm a little slow on forwarding this. The first opportunity in Gopher Valley near McMinnville is TOMORROW!


P.S. Linda, could you please forward this to the Yamhill County list (if you haven't seen it there yet)?

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From: "Bartling, Samantha" <samantha_bartling at fws.gov> 
To: Samantha Bartling <samantha_bartling at fws.gov> 
Subject: Winter Volunteer Opportunities with the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuges 
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2020 11:31:23 -0800 

We need a hand! 

There are 3 volunteer opportunities coming up. Winter is planting season and winter also means Winter Wildlife Field Day! Our volunteers make a difference for wildlife and future generations and we have fun doing it, rain or shine :) We provide tools, gloves, snacks and a volunteer gift! Just bring a water bottle, dress for the weather, and THANK YOU. 

RSVP to Samantha_bartling at fws.gov or 541-760-3036 and I'll get you signed up and pass along more information. 

Here are the details on the three volunteer opportunities: 
Gopher Valley Riparian Restoration 
Wednesday, January 15th - 9 am to 2 pm 
Meet at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge - the office area (converted barn) off Hwy 22 
If you want to carpool from Corvallis, let us know (we'll meet at 8:15 am) 

This is a special one! This planting effort takes place on a conservation easement near McMinnville that USFWS biologists work on. The 1400 plants will be part of a riparian restoration project that will end up being over a mile long and part of a 600 acre conservation stronghold! We'll auger the holes, we just need help getting the container stock (a variety of nine native trees and shrubs) into their new homes. From there nature will work its magic! 

Ankeny Refuge Riparian Planting 
Saturday, February 22nd from 10 am - 12 pm 
Meet at the Rail Trail parking lot at Ankeny Refuge (10 am) or carpool from Corvallis (9 am) 

We're four years into this restoration project and things are looking good. We'll take cuttings from nearby willow and red-osier dogwood plants, plus we'll plant additional trees and shrubs to augment what we've already got going. Wear your rubber boots if it has been raining! There's usually a fun wadable spot right before crossing into the field. 

Winter Wildlife Field Day 
Saturday, March 14th (multiple shifts and jobs throughout the day) 
William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge 

Winter Wildlife Field Day is a popular, annual bilingual environmental education event hosted at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. Along with our 13 partners we create a hands-on, interactive and nature-based experience that kids of all ages love! In past years we have had 700-800 people come out to the Refuge to learn about wildlife and explore the 12+ activity booths. Families get a passport book and then travel the site, stopping at booths to gain stamps and ultimately a "Wildlife Explorer" patch at the end. It's a fun day for all! We'll have multiple shifts and multiple volunteer opportunities. I'll be sending out more information about Winter Wildlife Field Day volunteering specifically. For now, please save the date if you're interested! 

Thanks for considering these volunteer opportunities, we hope to see you! 

Samantha Bartling / Visitor Services Manager 
samantha_bartling at fws.gov / 541-760-3036 

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex 
Office: 541-757-7236 x 106 / Fax: 541-757-4450 
26208 Finley Refuge Rd.Corvallis, OR 97333 



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