"New Observation Shelter at Headquarters" William Finley National Wildlife Refuge Things to Do Tip by glabah
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In late summer of 2011, the final touches were put on the new observation shelter at the refuge headquarters. This new shelter allows visitors a location that is somewhat hidden from wildlife, but still allows views of the two ponds directly behind the refuge headquarters. The shelter is not large, nor does it provide any wind shelter. There are two benches so that it is possible to spend a fairly long period here, such as during the "Big Sit" wildlife observation events, or otherwise spend a long period simply watching for wildlife.
By January of 2012, funding had been obtained to install a permanent viewing scope inside the shelter. This may be seen in photo 4.
While the ponds are quite dry in Photo 3, and therefore don't have too much in them in terms of wildlife, they will increase in size in the winter months and provide some wildlife habitat at that time.
Notice how much larger the ponds are in photo 4 - taken in March of 2012. While only a few geese, two killdeer and a lone female hooded merganser were to be found in the ponds on that particular day, they have been known to have black phoebe and various other birds. The acorn woodpeckers have a hole in one of the logs in the pond on the left that they have enjoyed using in the past as storage or nesting - I'm not sure which but it certainly involved a lot of wandering in and out of the hole in the tree.
Address: Finly Refuge Road, near Refuge Headquarters
Directions: Finley Refuge Road from Highway 99W or Bellfountain Road. Located to the side and behind Refuge Headquarters.
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