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Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

One of three large National Wildlife Refuges in the Willamette Valley, Ankeny NWR consists of flat to gently rolling land near the confluence of the Willamette and Santiam rivers.

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One of three large National Wildlife Refuges in the Willamette Valley, Ankeny NWR consists of flat to gently rolling land near the confluence of the Willamette and Santiam rivers.
Ankeny NWR

Location:  In the central Willamette Valley, southwest Marion County, about 10 miles south of Salem.  Ankeny NWR is just west of I-5 at exit 243.

Description:  One of three large National Wildlife Refuges in the Willamette Valley, Ankeny consists of flat to gently rolling land near the confluence of the Willamette and Santiam rivers. It was established in 1965 to provide winter habitat for Dusky Canada Geese, a subspecies that winters primarily in the Willamette Valley. Four other subspecies also regularly winter here. Riparian cottonwood and ash forests, oak woodland, wet prairie, and hedgerows provide habitat for other wildlife and native plants. (Contributed by Karen Viste-Sparkman)

Ornithological Highlights: Riparian habitat on the refuge support Yellow Warblers and Willow Flycatchers, both species that have been identified as focal species by Partners in Flight. No formal surveys have been done to estimate populations, but the Yellow Warbler population is estimated to be around 25 pairs during the breeding season. Ankeny supports large concentrations of geese and ducks during the winter. The 2000 mid-winter waterfowl count total was 38,435 ducks and geese. Peak numbers probably exceed this total, since over 32,000 geese alone have been counted roosting on the refuge. The refuge has also supported large flocks of Dunlin, with estimates peaking at 20,000 birds. Concentrations of other shorebirds can frequently be found on the refuge during migration. (Contributed by Karen Viste-Sparkman)

For more information on Ankeny NWR IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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Ankeny NWR

Location:  In the central Willamette Valley, southwest Marion County, about 10 miles south of Salem.  Ankeny NWR is just west of I-5 at exit 243.

Description:  One of three large National Wildlife Refuges in the Willamette Valley, Ankeny consists of flat to gently rolling land near the confluence of the Willamette and Santiam rivers. It was established in 1965 to provide winter habitat for Dusky Canada Geese, a subspecies that winters primarily in the Willamette Valley. Four other subspecies also regularly winter here. Riparian cottonwood and ash forests, oak woodland, wet prairie, and hedgerows provide habitat for other wildlife and native plants. (Contributed by Karen Viste-Sparkman)

Ornithological Highlights: Riparian habitat on the refuge support Yellow Warblers and Willow Flycatchers, both species that have been identified as focal species by Partners in Flight. No formal surveys have been done to estimate populations, but the Yellow Warbler population is estimated to be around 25 pairs during the breeding season. Ankeny supports large concentrations of geese and ducks during the winter. The 2000 mid-winter waterfowl count total was 38,435 ducks and geese. Peak numbers probably exceed this total, since over 32,000 geese alone have been counted roosting on the refuge. The refuge has also supported large flocks of Dunlin, with estimates peaking at 20,000 birds. Concentrations of other shorebirds can frequently be found on the refuge during migration. (Contributed by Karen Viste-Sparkman)

For more information on Ankeny NWR IBA, please see the Technical Site Report in the National IBA database.

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