Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

Vancouver, Washington

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Ridgefield NWR is easily one of the most popular bird-watching destinations in the state. The refuge offers a variety of habitats in three separate units, totaling more than 5,100 acres. Much of the lower Columbia River used to look like Ridgefield NWR. Today, few spots remain of what was once a stupendously large range of wetlands that hosted birds throughout the year, but most especially during spring and fall migration. The site remains important to the state’s bird population, as evidenced by its designation as an Important Bird Area by Audubon Washington. Habitats: Wetland, riparian, meadow, lakes. Specialty birds: Great Egret; Tundra Swan; Greater White-fronted Goose; Brant; Greater Scaup; White-tailed Kite; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Sandhill Crane; Black-bellied Plover; Black-necked Stilt; Pectoral Sandpiper; Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Band-tailed Pigeon; Short-eared and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Redbreasted Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacificslope Flycatchers; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireos; Purple Martin.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"Ridgefield NWR is easily one of the most popular bird-watching destinations in the state. The refuge offers a variety of habitats in three separate units, totaling more than 5,100 acres. Much of the lower Columbia River used to look like Ridgefield NWR. Today, few spots remain of what was once a stupendously large range of wetlands that hosted birds throughout the year, but most especially during spring and fall migration. The site remains important to the state’s bird population, as evidenced by its designation as an Important Bird Area by Audubon Washington.

Habitats: Wetland, riparian, meadow, lakes. Specialty birds: Great Egret; Tundra Swan; Greater White-fronted Goose; Brant; Greater Scaup; White-tailed Kite; Bald Eagle; Peregrine Falcon; Sandhill Crane; Black-bellied Plover; Black-necked Stilt; Pectoral Sandpiper; Bonaparte’s, Mew, Thayer’s, and Western Gulls; Band-tailed Pigeon; Short-eared and Northern Pygmy-Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbirds; Pileated Woodpecker; Redbreasted Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacificslope Flycatchers; Hutton’s and Cassin’s Vireos; Purple Martin."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Vancouver
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round, best during fall and spring migrations
Trailhead Elevation: 20 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

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May 2018