Description - The Willamette Valley was once a rich mix of wildlife habitats. Valley wetlands were once extensive, with meandering stream channels and vast seasonal marshes. Today, the valley is a mix of farmland and growing cities, with fewer areas remaining for wildlife.
Ankeny NWR was created to provide vital wintering habitat for dusky Canada geese. Unlike other Canada geese, duskies have limited summer and winter ranges. They nest on Alaska's Copper River Delta and winter almost exclusively in the Willamette Valley. Habitat loss, predation, and hunting have caused a decrease in population. Ankeny NWR contains about 2,800 acres of flat to gently rolling land near the confluence of the Willamette and Santiam rivers. The refuge's fertile farmed fields, hedgerows, forests, and wetlands provide a variety of wildlife habitats.
- Ducks, geese, and swans are commonly seen in refuge fields and ponds through the fall and winter. Ankeny residents, like the northern saw-whet owl, attract area bird watchers. The refuge is open to limited opportunities for wildlife-oriented education and recreation.
Recreation - The refuge is open to limited opportunities for wildlife-oriented education and recreation. Ducks, geese, swans, shorebirds, and bald eagles are common in the fall and winter. Other resident birds, like the northern saw-whet owl, attract area bird watchers.
Climate - The climate in Oregon varies greatly by region. The coastal region and the regions west of the Cascade Range are generally temperate and wet. Temperatures in the western portion of the state rarely rise above 85 degrees F during the warmest months and rarely dip below freezing during the winter.
Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Willamette Valley, south of Salem. Directions: Take Interstate 5 Exit 243, Ankeny Hill Road, which is about 10 miles north of Albany and 12 miles south of Salem. Driving west, you will encounter the intersection of Wintel and Ankeny Hill Roads. Both roads will take you to the refuge.