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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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    Summer Lecture Series

    This popular annual series featuring expert speakers takes place every Wednesday evening from July 8th through August 26th.

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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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  • Summer Lecture Series Announced

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    The popular, annual Summer Lecture Series brings a new guest speaker to the Refuge the last four Wednesdays in July and every Wednesday in August. The lectures are delivered by scholars, professionals, and enthusiasts at the top of their field.

    See the schedule
  • 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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  • Wood Ducks Home for the Summer

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    Though the seasonal wetlands dry up and water becomes scarce, some species come here explicitly for the summer months, and they are some of the most striking species. Fiery Cinnamon Teal and the more subdued Blue-winged Teal are fairly common. The Ruddy Duck, with its cyanic blue beak, is an occasional presence out amongst the cattails. But when it comes to the ornateness and elegance of plumage, experienced birders and those new to birding will both generally agree that the Wood Duck is king.

    What makes them special?
  • 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: Sep 27, 2015
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