Improve Your Experience
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
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
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
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
One of the many uses of national wildlife refuges is scientific research into the lives and needs of wildlife, both by FWS researchers, the academic world and occasionally private researchers. On McNary NWR, the FWS has been conducting research into bull trout. Bull trout are salmonid native to the Northwest and are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. On the Walla Walla River, bull trout are captured, PIT tagged (Passive Integrated Transponder), and released back to the river. As the trout move up and down the river (or not), each time they pass by a PIT tag reader, their movement is noted, and FWS scientists in Vancouver, Washington, can track their movements. By knowing how, where and when the bull trout are moving, the FWS can devise and refine plans for their recovery. Just one of the many beneficial uses of your national wildlife refuges.
The clowns of the bird world, on land pelicans are goofy looking with their large orange-red bills, waddle and over-sized feet. Most of the time it looks like they forgot to comb their feathers. But put them in the air, and they become graceful and even elegant as they glide along in search of food.
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: Mar 16, 2015