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Thanks to the support of
Taverner Ridge
First Independent Bank
We are able to have this special event!
Great-horned owl

The 2008 BirdFest bird is the Great-Horned Owl. These beautiful animals nest on the Refuge where you can see the fluffy owlets in the spring sitting quietly in the trees. Great-horned owls typically begin to hunt at dusk but you can often view them in early morning or late afternoon on the Refuge. These large owls eat a variety of prey including rabbits, mice, frogs, and even other birds! While owl pairs remain together for many years, often using the same territory for nesting, they separate after the nesting season.

Come visit in early spring when you will be sure to see great-horned owls on the Refuge.

Click HERE to hear the call of the Great Horned Owl.











Welcome to BirdFest & Bluegrass 2008

October 11-12, 2008
Saturday & Sunday

Join the Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) as we celebrate the arrival of fall and the wildlife that make the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge their winter home. BirdFest & Bluegrass is a unique opportunity to enjoy not only the sights and sounds of fall migration but also a festive celebration of music, children's activities, food, and fun in the Ridgefield community. Click on the links to the right to see what is happening during the festival.

About the Refuge

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and provides habitat for more than 200 species of birds. Established in 1965 for the protection of wintering waterfowl and migratory birds, the Refuge offers excellent birding and heritage opportunities. In addition to our natural treasures, cultural treasures include the site of the Chinookan village of Cathlapotle visited by Lewis and Clark, two Lewis and Clark campsites, and the Cathlapotle Plankhouse.

About the Friends of Ridgefield NWR

The Friends of Ridgefield NWR is a non-profit community group dedicated to supporting the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. We sponsor programs and activities that connect people with nature, restore important wildlife habitat, and provide a living classroom for children. We need your support as a member!

Download a membership form here or contact us:
** phone (360.887.9495)
** email (
** mail - P.O. Box 1022, Ridgefield, WA 98642


Guided Nature & Bird Walks


* Friday, October 10 - Night-time Nature Walk
* Sunday, October 12 - Birding Basics Class
Check the nature walk webpage for details.

Owl Walks and Talks! Click here for schedule and click here to download a reservation form.

Children's Activities
* Raptor Show
* Storytelling

Maps * Directions * Lodging

Sponsors' Page -
Please support our sponsors! Thanks to them we are able to offer this special event!








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