ILWACO, Wash. — The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge Complex will hold a series of events this summer and fall – Rally for the Refuge. Assistance from the public is needed to keep the facilities looking good, keep invasive species at bay, and accomplish other light conservation efforts because of federal cuts to the Refuge’s summer Youth Conservation Corps programs.

The public is welcome to join Refuge staff, friends members and other volunteers for these cleanup efforts. The first event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The group will meet at the Refuge Headquarters, 3888 State Route 101 in Ilwaco, for an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup on U.S. Highway 101, followed by a potluck lunch.

On Wednesday, there will be a wildlife wander, work party and sandwich potluck at the Julia Bulter Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-tailed Deer. Transportation from Willapa Headquarters is available; the group will meet at 9 a.m. to travel to the JBH Refuge for a 10 a.m. start to this 3-hour event.

Volunteers can help be part of the solution to bring back the threatened Oregon silverspot butterfly to Washington State July 20 by participating in a Weed Rumble at the Tarlatt Unit. The group will meet at the Refuge end of 95th Street (follow the event signs) for a 9 a.m. start to this two-hour event.

For information, call 360-484-3482, or go to www.fws.gov/refuge/willapa 

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