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    It's Waterfowl Season at Nisqually!

    This is the best time of year to see an abundance of beautiful waterfowl throughout the Refuge's wetlands. Come have a look!

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    Nisqually Watershed Festival

    Celebrate the cultural and ecological diversity of the watershed. Fun for the whole family!

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    Junior Duck Stamp Contest

    View amazing artwork by grade school age students. This collection features all 36 place winners from the 2013 Poster Contest.

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    Wednesday Morning Bird Walk

    Join the area's most expert birders on this weekly survey of the Refuge. Open to beginners!

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Conservation Planning Continues

September 13, 2012

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex is continuing to develop Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) for Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and the Black River Unit of Nisqually NWR with the help of the public, partners, and interested stakeholders. The CCPs will guide management of these Refuges over the next 15 years.

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About the Complex

Nisqually NWR Complex

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex includes Nisqually and Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuges.

Nisqually is managed as part of the Nisqually NWR 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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  • Junior Duck Stamp Contest Results

    2015 BOS 60x100March 26, 2015

    The Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, held annually at the Refuge, is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students may articulate their new found knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. We received 125 entries this year from across the state. The high quality artwork from all the young artists made for a very competitive contest.

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  • Weekend Guided Programs!

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    What's it all about? What is there to see? If you're eager to learn more about the wildlife and history at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, consider joining us for a class or a walk around the estuary's complex blend of habitats, led by a passionate and experienced guide.

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  • Winter is the Best Time for Viewing Great Horned Owls!

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    For a number of years now, a pair of Great Horned Owls have consistently produced offspring at Nisqually NWR. The parents and chicks become highly visible for several weeks, usually throughout the month of February.

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  • Read Past Issues of The Flyway

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    In the spring of 2008, the Refuge released a quarterly newsletter called The Flyway. The newsletter chonicles the estuary restoration, has articles about wildlife, contains event reminders and schedules, and generally describes what's been going on at the Refuge.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., great blue heron, ©i'ina van Lawick
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2015
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