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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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  • Seasonal Trail Closure

    trail closure promo 60x100October 07, 2015

    Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge will close a portion of the new Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail from October 17, 2015 – January 31, 2016. The closure is required for the safety of visitors as waterfowl hunting will be occurring on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife lands in close proximity to the trail.

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  • Bald Eagle, The Comeback Kid

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    As the fall salmon runs progress, Bald Eagles become an increasingly common sight around the Refuge. Standing atop the dike near the twin barns, its possible in late December to see 50 or more Bald Eagles in a single view. It's easy to forget how close the species came to extinction.

    How close did they get to extinction?
  • Seasonal Wetlands Come to Life

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    Each fall, the Refuge manages seasonal freshwater wetlands to create ideal habitat for waterfowl as they arrive for the winter. The goal is to support the largest, healthiest and most diverse population possible.

    How does it work?
  • 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: Oct 07, 2015
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