Finley Wildlife Refuge

April 2, 1978

For the first time in nine years only one-fifth of the refuge was open to the public. The new rule is an attempt to keep the geese undisturbed on the refuge. However, as we drove along the highway just before coming to the refuge sign, we sighted thousands of geese gathering in the farmers fields along the way.

The first part of our five-mile hike consisted of a short walk through the burned over area behind the barn. This part of the refuge attracts many woodland birds. Barbara Combs and others saw or identified over 30 species including rufus hummingbird, Lewis woodpecker and ring neck duck. Next we drove south to the Poison Oak Loop trail where we hiked about 40 minutes. We ate lunch at the Display Pond. After lunch we took the Gray Creek Nature trail as far as we could then made a loop around Mill Hill (so named because there used to be a lumber mill located here). This wooded part of the refuge proved to be a great early spring hike for all of us—Mary Babarik, Marie Bloom, Jan Brandstrom, John Cecil, Barbara Combs, Heide Didwiszus, Donna Ferchland, Marilyn Hanson, John Hosking, Bonnie Ledford, Glenn Meares, Jerry Nelson, Jo Ann, Sig, Eric and, Hans Otto, Parker Riddle, Phyllis Trowbridge, Pat Widney, Yvonne Young and leader Dot Leland.

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