William Finley Wildlife Refuge
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- Milepost 93, Highway 99 W
The William Finley Wildlife Refuge is open to the public during daylight hours. Features include historic buildings, walking trails, photography blinds, and scenic views.
Learning a little something at Finley Wildlife Refuge
My partner is an ornithologist, and one of my stock jokes is that I am on the 200-year plan to get a degree in Birds. So far, after three years, I can identify about six species. Actually, with 900 species of birds in the US, if I learn an average of two species a year my degree will take more like 450 years ...
Anyway, I tend to associate new species with the context in which I first learned to identify them. Finley Wildlife Refuge, a few minutes south of downtown Corvallis, Oregon, was where I first figured out Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)! Finley is entirely accessible for even the most novice wildlife observer; just turn off of Highway 99W at the sign, drive a bit, park, get out of your car, and point your binoculars at anything that moves.
Red-winged Blackbirds are black, with red epaulets at the tops of their wings; watch closely to see the males puff up their wings.
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