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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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  • Burbank Fee Hunt Area Christmas Hunting Closure

    No HuntingDecember 24, 2014

    No Hunting On The Burbank Fee Hunt Area on December 24 and 25 — Just a reminder that the Hunting Check Station will be closed on Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25. That means there will be no hunting on the Burbank Fee Hunt Area these days. That includes ducks, geese, quail, pheasants, or any other species that might normally be hunted. Our Hunting Check Station folks already work Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to provide the public with hunting opportunities. We’re giving them a holiday off. This closure is also in effect for the McCormack Slough at Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Watch For Wildlife


    The days are turning shorter and the nights colder. Fall is the time of year when wildlife is on the move, preparing for a difficult winter. While winters in the Columbia Basin aren’t that stressful to wildlife, nonetheless creatures here follow the natural instincts of their kind everywhere and are on the move preparing for winter. This is also the time of year when young are dispersing, leaving their birthplace to find territories of their own. Drivers need to slow down and keep a constant watch for wildlife. Haven’t you noticed more dead animals along the road lately? There’s always an upswing of wildlife-vehicle collisions in the fall. So, if getting home 23 seconds sooner is worth squashing a squirrel, mangling a marmot, bashing a beaver, or demolishing a deer, then by all means, keep driving like you’re on the NASCAR circuit. Apart from the permanent damage to wildlife, you’ll incur several hundred dollars worth of damage to your car. So, why don’t you just follow the traffic laws instead? Both your fellow drivers and our wildlife will thank you.

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: Dec 08, 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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