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  • 2015 Photo Contest

    2015 Refuge Photo Contest

    Enter the 2015 Refuge Photo Contest and help highlight the natural beauty found on our national wildlife refuges.

    2015 Photo Contest Information

  • 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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    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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  • Aquatic Monitoring Program

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    A long-term aquatic monitoring program is being implemented to evaluate impacts of climate change.

    Aquatic Monitoring for Climate Change
  • 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.

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, Refuge Photo Contest. © National Wildlife Refuge Association.
Last Updated: Aug 25, 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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