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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge will close a portion of the new Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail from October 12 – 16 and October 19 – January 26, 2014. 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.
It is the Fall season, and visitors to the Refuge are once again wondering about boats and other signs of fishing activity on the Nisqually River. At the Refuge visitor center, we receive many questions about this. The following are points of interest:
For many visitors, it is a surprise to discover how carefully and deliberately the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages habitat at the Refuge. What practices are required to create the most beneficial habitat for visiting waterfowl? How does the Refuge ensure that this benefit is distributed to include early and late arrivals? Staff member Jesse Barham answers these questions and more.
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.
Torpor is a type of deep sleep where an animal lowers its metabolic rate by as much as 95%. By doing so, a torpid hummingbird consumes up to 50 times less energy when torpid than when awake. This lowered metabolic rate also causes a cooled body temperature. A hummingbird’s night time body temperature is maintained at a hypothermic threshold that is barely sufficient to maintain life. This threshold is known as their set point and it is far below the normal daytime body temperature of 104°F or 40°C recorded for other similarly-sized birds.
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