2017-2018 Schedule TBA
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2017 WINTER WILDLIFE FIELD DAY BLOSSOMS!
Thanks to an incredible team of dedicated volunteers and partner
organizations, the 2017 Winter Wildlife Field Day at Finley NWR
was a huge success.
Over 450 visitors came to the refuge for the 4-hour event March
18, 150 more than last year! More than 70 volunteers contributed
their time, skills and energy that day (plus several who helped with
prep but couldnít come Saturday). Volunteers donated over 950
precious hours for WWFD 2017, half on March 18, and the rest over
nearly 6 months of planning and preparation.
Despite heavy rain braved by the setup team, temperatures were
mild and rain miraculously stopped soon after guests began to arrive.
Comments from children and adults as they left were enthusiastically
positive. We accomplished our goals of making interaction
with nature fun, educational, and exciting. Iím not sure who was
more energetic, guests or volunteers, but the result was magical.
We were welcomed by a dedicated refuge staff at all levels.
Special thanks to Visitor Services Manager Samantha Bartling and
her intern Beatrice Serrano-Martinez, Project Leader Damien Miller
and Deputy Laila Lienesch. They were joined by 70 skilled and
hard-working volunteers from Audubon Society of Corvallis, several
OSU groups (including our official partners in Bird Nerds, Society of
American Foresters, Organic Growers Club, and College of Ag Sciences),
the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Complex, Chintimini Wildlife Center, Albany Boy Scout Troop 365,
and Starker Forests, Inc. As Corvallis Gazette-Times noted in a full
page WWFD story on March 19, this was a strong community-wide
effort with many dedicated and capable partners.
Thanks also for loaned equipment from OR Fish and Wildlife
(pelts and skulls), and Streamwebs (pond kits), and beekeeper Jim
Faulkner. So many USFSW staff and volunteers went the extra mile
and it showed. Special thanks to the key planning team members:
Jeremy, Sam, Beatrice, Sue (and Matt for doing our awesome
graphics), Nancy, Mamo, Mark, Christina, Suzanne, Marcia, Phyllis,
Spencer, Marie, Mike, Karl, Kris, Gail, Ann, Amanda, Jim, and Bob.
What a team! Sorry we donít have room to list each volunteer by
name here, but you know who you are and how much you are appreciated
by your teammates and winter Wildlife Field Day guests.
Great job, everyone!
Teri Engbring, ASC Education
AQUATIC ECOLOGY PROGRAM REPORT
We had the pleasure of working with Corvallis School District
4th & 5th grade students from five different schools for our 2nd
successful year of an Aquatic Ecology Program on Oak Creek at
ASCís Hesthavn Nature Center. This program is made possible
by the National Science Foundation through a research grant
awarded to Roy Haggerty, PhD, RG, and Hollis M. Dole, Professor
of Environmental Geology College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric
Sciences Oregon State University.
Classes from the following schools attended the 2016 series
for a total of nearly 1,000 student hours at Hesthavn: Mountain
View, Muddy Creek, Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams. Each class
also had the opportunity to visit our bird specimen collection
and explore other wildlife collection pieces and props at
Hesthavn. The field trips consisted of three hands-on stations:
water quality testing; macro-invertebrate collection; and a
native plant hike through the riparian habitat along Oak Creek.
The focus question explored how to determine if an ecosystem
A huge thank you to all of our volunteers for offering their
time, talent, and dedication: Jessica Brothers, Teri Engbring,
Hannah Clark, Sue Powell, Kate Mathews, Gail Nickerson, Christina
Likem, Nina Aragon, Melanie Brown, Ann Brodie, Suzanne
Ortiz and Barrett Reeve.
We will continue this series next spring for our third and final
year. If you are interested in participating in this wonderful program,
please contact our program coordinator, Jessica Brothers
at email@example.com for more information on how
you can get involved.
Jessica Brothers, Aquatic Ecology Coordinator
WATER BIRD ADAPTATION AT GIRL SCOUT CAMP
A special team of volunteers put together a dynamite program
on ďwater bird adaptationsĒ for the local Girl Scout Summer
Day Camp at the scouts Rock Creek Campground. Thanks
to volunteers Chris Shank, Phyllis Bailey, Sue Powell, Marcia
Cutler, Kate Mathews and Teri Engbring for developing a new
curriculum tailored to the campís water theme and delivered in
50 minute sessions 8 times over 2 days, with about 120 girls and
another 20 adults. A fun time was had by all in the trees above
Teri Engbring, ASC Ed Team