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Watching Wildlife


Want to see more animals on your trip to Toppenish 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.

Toppenish 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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Enjoying Toppenish

  • International Migratory Bird Day

    ChickadeeMay 09, 2015

    In 2015, International Migratory Bird Day will focus on the importance of habitat to birds. Habitat is critical to the survival of every organism on earth, including birds. The 2015 International Migratory Bird Day conservation theme focuses on the importance of preserving existing habitat, the threats to habitats, the elements of habitat on which birds depend, and how restoration of habitats benefits birds. And this isn’t about us being benevolent to birds; their importance to us cannot be overstated. Some bird species provide practical solutions to problems, such as the need for insect and rodent control. Others disperse seeds, helping to revegetate disturbed areas. Others help with pollination, ensuring that we are graced with flowering plants, trees and shrubs. And beyond the utilitarian, birds are inspirations for the arts. For example, Amadeus Mozart had a pet starling that motivated the opening theme of the Third Movement of his Piano Concerto No. 17 in G. Join us at Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge on May 9, 8:00 to 1:00, to celebrate the life of birds. See flyer below for more information.

    International Migratory Bird Day
  • Wading Bird Gallery

    Sandhill Crane Illustration

    Toppenish is all about water birds—well, mostly about. There's no argument, though, that the big wading birds are spectacular. Check out the Wading Bird Photo Gallery.

    Wading Birds
Page Photo Credits — Muskrat - Michael Bamford, Steelhead Jumping Falls - Greg Shields
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2015


  • 2015 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2015

    We've summarized our of events for you in PDF format. Things do change, so please look at the event details in the calendar.

    2015 Events Calendar (PDF)
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