Created in 1965, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge’s original mission was to provide a wintering ground for the Dusky Canada Goose. Since then, the refuge’s mission has expanded to include preservation of habitat for songbirds, various waterfowl, wildlife and protect the most intact archaeological site on the lower Columbia River.
Dippers, not surprisingly, take their name from their characteristic up and down bobbing or “dipping” motion as they walk along the shore. Living along swift flowing streams the Dipper fearlessly dives into swift icy streams searching for aquatic insects. Using its wings, it “flies” to the bottom where it hunts for food while walking along the bottom by holding onto the stones so as not to be swept downstream.
Located in south central Idaho and only a stone’s throw away from the Utah border, lies a silent city of immense boulders. City of Rocks National Reserve is a popular destination for rock climbers throughout North America but to the rest of the public this tiny remote wonder of the National Park system is little known.
Located just north of Mount St. Helens but still within the boundaries of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument lies St. Helens Lake. The lake was directly centered in the path of the 1980 blast that leveled the surrounding forest.
Two small buttes, similar in size and shape, glow in the light of sunset. If you use your imagination it is possible to envision them as the ears of a giant bear just as the native peoples did centuries before. While still beautiful, at first glance the Bears Ears are hardly the icons we have come to expect from our national parks and monuments, no Half Dome, Old Faithful or Denali. However, first impressions can be deceptive.