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  • Coots

    American Coots

    Have you ever heard of the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team? Ever wonder what a mud hen is? We’ve got an answer for you.

    American Coots

  • Black-billed Magpie Promo

    Black-billed Magpie

    The drama queens of the high desert, if the desert had a reality show, magpies would be the stars, constantly insisting on being the center of attention.

    Black-billed Magpies

  • Osprey & Fish


    If you’ve got water, there’s a good chance you’ve got an osprey, or “fish hawk.” Lucky you.


Improve Your Experience

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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Of Special Interest

  • Waterfowl Improvement Project

    Rotenone ProjectNovember 04, 2015

    On November 4, 2015, the FWS will be treating Curlew Pond on the Peninsula Unit with Rotenone, a chemical which only affects fish. This is to improve waterfowl habitat; removing invasive and destructive carp allows aquatic vegetation to grow back, and ducks, geese and swans will have a dependable food supply. So, for the next 2-3 months, the pond will be littered with dead carp. We want to assure people using the area, primarily waterfowl hunters this time of the year, that Rotenone dissipates quickly, and the water is safe for people, dogs and other wildlife. While hunting may be impacted this year, in the long run the number of waterfowl using Curlew Pond will increase dramatically. As an unexpected side benefit, the public should be treated to large numbers of fish-eating birds congregating in the area. The seagulls and bald eagles are showing up for a free meal. For more information on the project or the use of Rotenone, the public can contact the FWS at (509) 546-8333 or

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  • National Wildlife Refuge 2015 Photo Contest

    NWRA Photo ContestNovember 15, 2015

    The National Wildlife Refuge Association has announced its 2015 Refuge Photo Contest! We invite you to enter your photographs of the habitats, wildlife and people that make our national wildlife refuges such incredible places. Our nation is home to more than 560 national wildlife refuges, which provide habitat for 700 bird species, 220 mammal species, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and over 1,000 species of fish. Landscapes range from the artic tundra in Alaska to tropical coastlines along the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wouldn’t it be great to have a winning entry from Cold Springs, Columbia, Conboy Lake, McKay Creek, McNary, Toppenish, Umatilla, or the Hanford Reach National Monument? Follow the link below for details.

    NWRA 2015 Photo Contest
Page Photo Credits — Gray Squirrel - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, American Coot - J. Michael Raby, Black-billed Magpie - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, Osprey & Fish - Andy Morffew, White Pelican - Ingrid Taylar
Last Updated: Oct 28, 2015


  • 2015 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2015

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

    2015 Events Calendar (PDF)
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