Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Pacific Region

Wildlife & Habitat

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge features a broad array of wildlife. Over 320 species of birds and 58 mammal species have been observed on the Refuge. Malheur's location on the Pacific Flyway and it's abundant water and food resources provide a wayside for many resident and migratory birds. The following chronology will help you decide when to visit and our bird arrival list will provide more insight on when specific birds are in the area. Our summer interns have been creating identification guides for bats, dragonflies and butterflies that have been identified on the Refuge and can be found below.

You may also be interested in recent bird sightings in the area.

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:

Aquatic Health its for the Birds

The Refuge is placing greater emphasis on native fish within the waterways of the refuge and has added a fisheries program to the biological program. In addition to native fish our fisheries program will be examing the impact of invasive common carp on wetlands and will be researching ways to reduce carp throughout the refuge and elsewhere in the Harney Basin. Our Aquatic Health page contains additonal information about this new program.

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.

Malheur Restoration Video


Celebrate Pollinators

2012 pollinator poster

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is taking measures to attract and promote pollinators and pollination through habitat restoration; surveys and monitoring; and enhancement projects to better understand this critical cycle and make such information available to and known by the public.

To learn about the importance of pollination and what you can do please read our Pollination Fact Sheet.




Last updated: September 24, 2014