It's Waterfowl Season at Nisqually!
This is the best time of year to see an abundance of beautiful waterfowl throughout the Refuge's wetlands. Come have a look!
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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UpdatesSeptember 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.Tell me more!
About the 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
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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- October 11, 2013
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.What to know ...
- October 31, 2013
Every fall and winter, the salmon return to the Nisqually River, attracting predatory birds and mammals. Many visitors also have questions about the presence of fishermen on the river. How do the rights of tribal and sport fishermen differ?Fishing rights explained ...
- November 29, 2013
Like drawing or painting wildlife? Up for a challenge? Enter the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest! The annual contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp education program, but ANY K-12 student can apply!Learn all about it!
- March 09, 2013
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.Visit the Archive
The reclusive American Bittern is a master of disguise. When it feels threatened, it stretches its neck and all but disappears among the reeds.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., great blue heron, ©i'ina van Lawick
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2013