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.
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.
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.