Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was established on August 18, 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as the Lake Malheur Bird Reservation. Roosevelt set aside unclaimed lands encompassed by Malheur, Mud and Harney Lakes “as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds.” The newly established “Lake Malheur Bird Reservation” was the 19th of 51 wildlife refuges created by Roosevelt during his tenure as president. At the time, Malheur was the third refuge in Oregon and one of only six refuges west of the Mississippi.
The Refuge is located 30 miles south of Burns, Oregon in the southeast corner of the state. The Refuge is open from dawn until dusk each day. The Visitor Center at Refuge Headquarters is open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 to 4:00 and from 8:00 to 3:00 on Friday. The Visitor Center is closed on weekends. Brochures are available in brochure boxes outside of the Visitor Center. The Refuge Museum, located at Headquarters, is open from dawn until dusk each day.
You may also be interested in recent bird sightings in the area.
The Center Patrol Road has had rock and gravel added to the surface to improve road stability and improve year-round road conditions.
Unfortunately this has resulted in an increased number of flat tires for visitors and staff. Please be advised that your tires should have good tread on them and be in good condition before travelling on portions of the northern section of the Center Patrol Road.
We are sorry for any inconvenience.
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Sneak Preview of a film about the Federal Duck Stamp Contest
WHAT IS A DUCK STAMP? WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?
Every year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department puts on the only juried art competition run by the U.S. government. Wildlife artists from around the country submit their best paintings of ducks in the hope that the artwork will grace the following year’s Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the “Duck Stamp.” The stamp is used for hunting licenses and for entrance to any National Wildlife Refuge. Revenues from the stamp have bought, leased and maintained over 6 million acres of waterfowl and wetland habitat in the United States. Since 1934 the stamp has generated more than $2 billion (adjusted for inflation), and has been described as one of the most successful conservation programs ever created.
At the center of the Duck Stamp world are the artists and the competition that exposes the ambitious and competitive nature of the participants. To win the contest is a life-changing event that can jumpstart an artist’s career overnight. Although the federal government does not provide any prize money, the artists are able to generate lucrative deals from the re-licensing of the stamp image for special-edition remarques and other merchandise. Such deals can generate millions for the winning artist, which is how the stamp earned its nickname, The Million Dollar Duck.
The film delves into the history of the stamp and its role in wildlife conservation while following seven characters as they design and paint their entry for the 2013 contest. The film culminates in a two-day juried art competition where the winning duck is chosen for next year’s stamp.
Click Here for information about the film and project by Independent film producer Brian Golden Davis.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service - Banking on Nature Report
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a new report "Banking on Nature: The Economic Benefits to Local Communities of National Wildlife Refuge Visitation".
For every $1 Congress provides in funding to run the National Wildlife Refuge System, almost $5 on average is returned to local communities according to a new report released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Banking On Nature study shows that national wildlife refuges are a good investment for American taxpayers and give a boost to local economies.
“Conservation conserves more than wildlife, it is conserving our tax dollars; an important value for Americans of all political stripes” said David Houghton, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “There is nothing more conservative than conservation or more progressive than preserving our natural world for future generations.”
The report shows a remarkable trend of increased visitation to refuges and increased economic contribution to local communities. Not only is it great that visitation has increased, but the increase occurred during the height of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. From 2006 to 2011, refuge visitation increased by 30 percent and overall economic output from refuges increased by 22 percent, resulting in an annual $2.4 billion returned to local economies every year.
Highlights from Banking On Nature Report
The National Wildlife Refuge System:
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Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan Available
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is available. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce that the Refuge, in collaboration with our partners, has completed the Final Comprehensive Conservation plan which will guide managment for the next 15 years. The Record of Decision for the final CCP was signed on January 24, 2014 by Regional Director Robyn Thorson.
We developed the CCP in collaboration with our partners, to provide reasonable, scientifically grounded guidance for managing the Refuge’s fish and wildlife populations. Under the Final CCP we will manage habitats using an adaptive management process based on site specific inventory and monitoring information. Adaptive management will be conducted through an ongoing collaborative process to:
Actions for protecting and sustaining the Refuge’s habitats, migratory bird populations, and other fish and wildlife species, recreational opportunities and cultural resources are identified in the Final CCP.
The Final CCP is available for download or copies of the Final CCP can be requested as a paper copy or on a CD by contacting us at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 36391 Sodhouse Lane, Princeton, OR 97721, by calling 541-493-2612 or via email on our contact page.
Learn more about what's happening on the Refuge
The Aquatic Health program is making great strides in understanding how invasive common carp are effecting refuge wetlands. The week of September 17th was spent sampling carp at various locations on the refuge. Kidney samples were obtained from 120 carp to obtain bacteria samples. Fisheries biologists were also recording the various age classes of carp caught in nets to obtain a clearer understanding of population sizes. Check out our new brochure to learn more about this problem.
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, 36391 Sodhouse Lane, Princeton, Oregon 97721 (541) 493-2612