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    Black-billed Magpie

    Magpies are the drama queens of the high desert. If there was a reality show for the desert, the magpies would be the stars, constantly insisting on being the center of attention.

    Black-billed Magpies

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Watching Wildlife


Want to see more animals on your trip to Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge? Here are some tips from the "experts."

Watching Wildlife

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.

McNary is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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.

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  • Waterfowl Hunting Lottery

    Bird HuntingSeptember 12, 2014

    The lotteries for waterfowl hunting in the Fee Hunt Area are open. The lottery closes at 3:30 p.m. on September 12, so you've got plenty of time to register. Good luck.

    McNary Waterfowl Hunting Lotteries
  • Osprey Nesting


    At McNary NWR, we have several osprey nesting platforms. Basically, we put a large, flat platform on top of a telephone pole. Why? Because ospreys nest in the tops of trees near water, and while we have plenty of water, trees are at a premium. Osprey nesting platforms are wildly successful if done correctly and if there is a source of fish. At McNary we’ve had varying success, but the platform just across the slough from our offices has had tremendous success, raising multiple chicks to adulthood over the last few years. They're nesting now, although we haven't seen any chicks, yet. Check back for progress reports.

    More About Ospreys
Page Photo Credits — Gray Squirrel - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, Black-billed Magpie - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, White Pelican - Ingrid Taylar
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2014


  • 2014 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2014

    We've summarized our of events for you in PDF format. Things do change, so please look at the event details in the calendar.

    2014 Events Calendar (PDF)
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