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.
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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- June 12, 2014
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
- March 12, 2015
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.Tell me more!
- June 13, 2015
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?
- 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: Jul 05, 2015