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 will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 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 hosted by HarneyBirder.com.
Bats, Bees and Moths
A number of studies have been conducted over the last few years to inventory bats, bees and moths using habitat on the Refuge. Reports summarizing the occurrence of these species on the Refuge are now available:
Hunting Changes for the 2014-2015 Season
A number of changes have been made to the hunting program on the Refuge. Details about these changes can be found on our Hunting page.
Some quick highlights of the changes:
New Video about the impact of Invasive Common Carp in Malheur Lake
The Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation and the Refuge have funded the production of a new video about the impacts of invasive common carp in Malheur Lake and efforts to restore the productivity of Malheur Lake for the benefit of wildlife. Oregon Wildlife Heritage Foundation is also an important partner in the basin-wide Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative which is working to implement basin-wide carp control strategies, and work with private landowners to maintain flood-irrigation and haying practices that sustain important bird habitats.
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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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