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

What Friends Do

We promote conservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and engage in educational, charitable, scientific, and civic activities that increase public awareness and assist management in accomplishing Refuge goals.

The Covid-19 pandemic introduced challenges for our ability to support the Refuge as we normally would. An increase in the amount of visitors combined with volunteer restrictions has been frustrating at times. Friends strive to continue to support the Refuge and its wildlife as much as possible.

Friends Accomplishments of 2022

Volunteer Support:
• Hosted Refuge Volunteer training in April
• Created a video of the training session for USFWS use

Environmental Education:
• Funded and awarded Maxwell Scholarships to two Sequim High School Seniors

Refuge Support:
• Administered federal grants to support Refuge projects

Refuge Protection:
• Monitored and informed of threats to the Refuge

Plans for the Future: (in partnership with Refuge staff)
• Dungeness Discovery Day (now planned for 2024)

• Friends accepted donations via the Friends web site
• Received and distributed donations specifically for the Maxwell Scholarship

2023 Goals

Many goals will be dependent on local Covid restrictions

Volunteer Support
• Assist staff with online training session for volunteers
• Host annual volunteer recognition banquet
• Provide food for the end-of-season picnic

Environmental Education
• Planning for Dungeness Discovery Day 2024
• Create online environmental education programs or events
• Support local high school students pursuing wildlife conservation careers with Maxwell Scholarship

Environmental Restoration
• Support Weed Warriors and restoration efforts

Refuge Support
• Administer grants for Refuge

• Publish quarterly newsletter
• Engage with community via social media

Refuge Protection
• Monitor and provide information about aquaculture activity
• Be alert to any issues that may be harmful to Refuge wildlife
• Inform about issues that may impact the Refuge via newsletter and email


Want to help Friends reach these goals? You can make a donation or join us.


2024 Board of Directors

Ellie Ausmus, President

Jessie Christiansen, Vice President

Bruce Brod, Treasurer


Summer 2023

Brant Newsletter 2023

3 MB PDF File