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    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.


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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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Of Special Interest

  • Spring Classroom Trips Filled

    Butterfly Sampling

    One of the most sought-after events at McNary is a Spring Classroom Field Trip offered by the Friends of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges. The demand has grown so great that the Friends have had to implement a lottery to be fair to all those schools and teachers wanting to visit. Unfortunately, the application deadline for the classes was December 1, and all the openings are filled for 2016. We wish the Friends were able to accommodate everyone who would like to bring their class here (the Friends do too!), but they are a volunteer organization, and there are only so many classes they can offer. So, please plan ahead for 2017, and check the Friends web site before December 1 to apply.

  • No Winter Birds Event This Year

    Lapland LongspurDecember 22, 2015

    We love the Winter Birds event, and, judging by the turnout every year, you do, too. Unfortunately, a lack of staffing has forced us to forgo most of our usual events in 2016. But don’t let that stop you from visiting McNary—or any of our other refuges—to see the winter concentration of birds. Looking out my window right now at McNary, I see a bald eagle, northern flicker, tundra swans, canvasbacks, thousands of mallards (of course), ring-necked ducks, common merganser, common goldeneye, Canada geese, white-crowned sparrows, and a host of other species. So, don’t let our staffing issues stop you from enjoying all that the refuge has to offer in the winter.

  • 2016 Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

    PaintingMarch 15, 2016

    The deadline for submitting entries for the 2016 Jr. Duck Stamp contest is rapidly approaching. Are you a student in K-12? Do you have artistic talent? Care about wildlife? Looking for fame and fortune? Then you should at least take a look at entering the 2015 contest. And we would love to see winners selected from this area, painting the ducks found here. So, check this out.

    2016 Jr. Duck Stamp Contest
Page Photo Credits — Gray Squirrel - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, American Coot - J. Michael Raby, Black-billed Magpie - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, White Pelican - Ingrid Taylar
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2016
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