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Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
715 Holgerson Rd., Sequim, WA 98382

Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Beautiful Spring Day at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge

Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge was founded in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in protecting the rich habitat of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. We provide support for educational, interpretive, and outreach activities that enhance public understanding and promote stewardship for this unique natural resource.



Irina Roybal and Rylie Hough Maxwell Award Winners 2021 Sequim, Washington

Congratulations to Irina and Rylie, Maxwell Award winners.

May 20, 2021
2021 Maxwell Award Winners
The Friends have selected two Sequim High School seniors to receive the John and Margaret Maxwell Future of Conservation Award. Irina Roybal and Rylie Hough were selected as this year’s recipients, each receiving $1,500. Congratulations Irina and Rylie!

May 8, 2021
Spring Issue of The Brant
The Spring 2021 issue of The Brant is now avilable here.

March 22, 2021
2021 Maxwell Awards
Friends are offering up to three $1,000 awards to Sequim High School seniors this year. If you are a Sequim High School senior and would like to apply visit here. Or if you would like to help support a student pursuing a path in environmental conservation please consider a donation to fund these awards here.

March 16, 2021
Friends present Birds of the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Friends hosted an online educational event with Judith White on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Click the video above to watch now.

Project Swan Safe Sequim, Washington

Friends is a partner of Project Swan Safe. Photo by Allan Byrd.

February 13, 2021
Friends Donate to Project Swan Safe
Project Swan Safe and Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society are raising funds to bury power lines that have been injuring and killing swans in Sequim. Friends of Dungeness NWR is a project partner. Please consider making a donation to the project here. #ProjectSwanSafe

January 30, 2021
Dungeness NWR Featured in New Series
What Fuels You is a new online series by Erika Gilsdorf. Sponsored by The National Wildlife Refuge Association, Erika is traveling the country in her electric vehicle to visit wildlife refuges. In late December her first stop was Dungeness. Read the article here. Or watch the video here.

January 21, 2021
Project Swan Safe
As reported in the Autumn 2020 edition of The Brant, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society is working with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to stop the ongoing injury and death of Trumpeter Swans caused by the power lines along Kirner Road in Clallam County, Washington. Learn more about this project here.

January 20, 2021
Masks Required on Refuge
Executive order requires that masks be worn in all Federal buildings, including restrooms, and on all federal lands where social distancing cannot be maintained. This includes the Refuge trails. Masks are not required on the open beach area provided you are able to maintain physical distancing.

January 14, 2021
Friends Board Officers Elected
At today's board meeting the officers for the 2021 Board of Directors for Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge were elected. Officers are: Jason West, President; Jeanie McNamara, Vice President; Bruce Brod, Treasurer; Ellie Ausmus, Secretary.

January 2021
Primitive Trail Closed
Recent rainfall has necessitated the seasonal closure of the primitive trail at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Please practice social distancing and wear a mask when sharing the trail with others. All visitors are asked to practice leave no trace when visiting the refuge.

November 12, 2020
Friends Annual Meeting
Today Friends held their annual meeting. 2020 Accomplishments were reviewed and board members were elected. The Friends Board of Directors for 2021 are: Ellie Ausmus, Bruce Brod, Jessie Christiansen, Linda Gutowski, Glenn Harris, Jeanie McNamara, Dan Shappie, Jason West, Judith White.

June 1, 2020
Dungeness Discovery Day Postponed
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge and Friends have postponed Dungeness Discovery Day until next year. If you're interested in participating or volunteering for the event in 2021, please contact us.

May 27, 2020
Sequim High School Seniors Receive Maxwell Award
Friends of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge presented the John and Margaret Maxwell Future of Conservation Award to Jessica Dietzman and Vita Olson of Sequim High School. You can read about them here. To learn more about the Maxwell Award click here. Please consider making a donation to support future student conservation awards.

May 2, 2020
Refuge Open
Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public. Please practice physical distancing and leave-no-trace policies if you decide to visit the Refuge. All Refuge Volunteer activities are on hold. Volunteers should not wear uniforms when visiting at this time. Please note that the primitive trail is one way north.

May 1, 2020
Public Comment on Oyster Farm
US Army Corps of Engineers and WA Department of Ecology open comment period on the proposed oyster farm within Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. Comments are due by May 30, 2020. Read more here.

March 25, 2020
Refuge Not Accessible to Public
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 all Clallam County Parks, including the Dungeness Recreation Area, have CLOSED to all visitor access. Since Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (including the Dungeness Spit) is accessed through the park, there is no access to the Refuge at this time. All volunteer onsite and group activities are on hold.

March 23, 2020
COVID-19 Update for Volunteers
Refuge trails remain open, but the Refuge office is closed to the public and volunteers. Volunteers visiting the Refuge should not be in uniform, and must maintain social distancing. The New Dungeness Light Station has closed. No access, no tours, and no restrooms.

March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Changes for Volunteers
• The Volunteer Refresher and lunch scheduled for April 3rd has been canceled.
• The New Volunteer Training originally scheduled for April 3rd has been postponed and not yet rescheduled.
• Volunteers are asked not to come to the Refuge office unless requested to do so by a staff member.
• Entrance station staffing and trail roving are suspended through the month of April.
• Other Refuge and volunteer activities may be limited or postponed.
• If you decide to come to the Refuge please practice safety protocols. Your personal safety, and the safety of those around you must be your highest priority.

March 8, 2020
The 2020 winter edition of The Brant is now available here.

March 6, 2020
The next Dungeness Discovery Day planning meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 12th at 10:00am at the Refuge conference room.

February 29, 2020
Announcing Dungeness Discovery Day, an all day educational event for kids and families: Saturday, August 1, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge focusing on the Dungeness Watershed from mountains to sea. Please contact us if your organization or business would like to sponsor or participate in this event.

February 21, 2020
The 2019 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held last night. 2019 Volunteer of the Year is Tom McKinney. Tom had 407 hours of volunteer time last year and has over 950 hours in his career.

Tom McKinney Dungeness 2019 Volunteer of the Year

Tom McKinney is presented 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award by Jennifer Brown-Scott

Janet Bruening was presented with a very special award: Distinguished Volunteer of the Decade. Janet has nearly two decades of service with the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Janet Bruening Dungeness Volunteer of the Decade

Janet Bruening is presented Distinguished Volunteer of the Decade Award by Jennifer Brown-Scott

Thank you to all of you that volunteer!

January 13, 2020
Clallam County Approves Oyster Farm Proposal
Clallam County has approved phase one of the oyster farm proposal. You can read the decision here.  

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