Birdwatching by car at refuges River S Unit in Ridgefield

first_imgDid you know?• The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1965 to establish vital habitat for wintering waterfowl whose nesting areas in Alaska were affected by the 1964 earthquake.• The daily vehicle entrance fee to the refuge is $3 (or federal interagency pass).• Volunteer opportunities at the refuge are available; call 360-887-4106 or email [email protected] — Saturday’s showers were no barrier to wildlife viewing.It sure didn’t matter to the wildlife, with raindrops running off the birds like water off a swan’s back.And the rain didn’t discourage the viewers. That’s because they didn’t have to leave the comfort of their cars to approach some iconic Northwest birds.Their route is part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, a section where people don’t have to go outside to get outdoors.The refuge’s River “S” Unit, just south of Ridgefield, is an auto loop, and nature watchers must stay in their vehicles.Once River “S” visitors are past the check-in station and are on the 4.2-mile auto route, they can leave their cars at only one point. That’s where a short trail leads to a roofed-in observation blind overlooking Rest Lake.“On a rainy day like today, it’s a great place,” Justin Keeler said as he and his family walked back from the wildlife blind to the parking lot. “You can get out of the house on a crummy day.”last_img read more

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