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Cold Springs History

Cold Springs History

Earth-Filled Dam

Really like history? Fascinated with engineering trivia? Insomnia? This is the page for you. Learn about the making of the Cold Springs NWR and Dam.

History of Cold Springs Refuge & Dam

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.

Cold Springs 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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Of Interest

  • Barn Owl Boot Camp

    Barn OwletsMay 10, 2014

    Every year, the FWS gets phone calls about orphaned or injured wildlife. In turn, we call Blue Mountain Wildlife. BMW is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that aids orphaned, sick, or injured wildlife, primarily birds of prey, providing the treatment and care necessary to return them to the wild. As you might guess, spring is a busy—and expensive—time for BMW. A fundraiser, Barn Owl Boot Camp, is being held at the Richland Community Center (Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Drive, Richland) to help BMW prepare for Baby Season, as it’s known. It’s a wonderful experience for the whole family.

    Barn Owl Boot Camp
  • Spring Visit


    We think Cold Springs NWR is an incredible little refuge that few know about or visit. At the risk of too much visitation, we encourage you to plan a spring visit. Cold Springs is a fantastic place to go birdwatching any time of the year, and with the arrival of the spring migrants, it reaches its peak. Colorful warblers are generally passing through, but many will remain to nest. Many of the winter waterfowl will also remain behind, and soon will be followed by packs of all-too-adorable ducklings. Red-winged blackbirds trill and squawk from the reeds, vying for nest sites and mates. Deer and elk, with fawns and calves at their side, are around. Mink, otters, coyotes and other mammals are there for those with the patience to wait quietly. So, set aside a day or two to enjoy Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Watching Wildlife

    Chickadee Illustration

    Want to see more animals on your trip to Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge? Ready to add to your birding "Life List?" Here are some wildlife viewing tips from the "experts."

    Watching Wildlife
Page Photo Credits — American Avocet - Images In The Wild, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, Striped Skunk - Becky Gregory
Last Updated: Apr 08, 2014


  • 2014 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2014

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

    2014 Events Calendar (PDF)
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