Fall Flood Up
The end of November is the overlap period between the peak migration and peak wintering seasons for ducks and geese, It's a great time to come observe waterfowl at the refuge!
Our annual flood-up schedule is influenced by several factors. Water is drawn down in the summer to facilitate the production of wetland plant material and seeds utilized as food resources by waterfowl. Gradual flooding generally begins in one or two of the wetland cells by the first week of October to provide forage for early arriving northern pintails and cackling Canada geese. The wetland cells are then slowly filled one or two at a time to provide access to new food resources throughout the fall and early winter. If the wetlands were filled to capacity at the beginning of the season, the water would quickly become too deep for ducks to optimally forage on the plant material and seeds. A gradual flooding schedule gives us the ability to flood new wetland areas during a time of potential nutritional stress for waterfowl in late December and January when temperatures drop considerably
Wildlife Center Upcoming Holiday Hours
Wednesday November 27th: Open 10:00am-1:00pm
Thursday November 29th: Closed
Friday November 29th: Open 10:00am-4:00pm
Monday-Friday December 23rd - 27th: Closed
Saturday and Sunday, December 28th and 29th: Open 10:00am-4:00pm
Monday December 30th - Thursday Janury 2nd: Closed
Friday January 3rd: Open and regular hours resume.
William Finley was instrumental in the development of the National Wildlife system.
In 1911, Finley began a long career in public service. He helped institute Oregon's first Fish and Game Commission and was appointed State Game Warden. Under his direction, Oregon lakes previously depleted were stocked with trout from state hatcheries in a railroad car called "The Rainbow" which was specifically developed to carry trout throughout the state. Finley resigned his post as Game Commissioner in 1930 and devoted the rest of his life to his writing and his nature films and continued to lend his support in behalf of conservation issues. After his death the wintering and resting habitat for the dusky Canada goose in Oregon's Willamette Valley was set aside as a national refuge and named the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge in his honor.