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  • Black-chinned Hummingbird


    Three species of hummingbirds migrate to the refuge for the summer!

    Learn more about hummingbirds

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    Butterfly or Moth?

    Can you tell the difference between a butterfly or moth?

    Butterfly vs. Moth

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    The elusive badger...ferocious or friendly!?

    Find out more!

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    Odonata...Oh my!

    Browse through the odonata photo gallery to see some of the species on the refuge!

    Odonata Photo Gallery

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    Disabled Hunter Deer Hunt

    Learn about the new disabled hunter accessible deer hunting opportunities available this fall! Lottery drawing is Aug. 10, 2015.

    Press Release

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"Puddles" the Blue Goose

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The "Blue Goose" has been adopted as the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System since 1936.

The Blue Goose History

About the Complex

Inland Northwest NWR Complex

From the channeled scablands, to the mixed-conifer forests, and diverse wetlands three uniquely different refuges comprise the Inland Northwest Refuge Complex.

Kootenai is managed as part of the Inland Northwest NWR Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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  • Story Trail

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    Story trail on Myrtle Falls trail. Funded by WREN, The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc., USFWS, and Bonners Books. Share a nature story with your children as you hike up to the waterfall. Story will change throughout the year.

  • International Migratory Bird Day

    Black-chinned Hummingbird 100x60May 16, 2015

    Join the Friends of KNWR for a bird walk at 9am on May 16, 2015 at the refuge.

    IMBD Info
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Cinnamon teal drake. -©Stan Bousson, Puddles the Blue Goose. © Sharon Lindsay, Black-chinned Hummingbird. © Stan Bousson, Hummingbird with flower. - ©Stan Bousson
Last Updated: Jul 13, 2015


  • Bird Walk on the Refuge

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    During 2015, the Friends of KNWR will host a Bird Walk at the Refuge on the 3rd Saturday of each month

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