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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- March 27, 2014
The Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, held annually at the Refuge, is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students may articulate their new found knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species. We received 115 entries this year from across the state. The high quality artwork from all the young artists made for a very competitive contest.See this year's results ...
- March 14, 2014
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!
- March 14, 2014
Where human beings see a desolate mudflat, shorebirds see a restaurant. In fact, no other habitat is able to sustain shorebirds on their seasonal migrations north and south along the coast, making the conservation of this habitat critical for the survival of most shorebird species.Wait ... There are "shorebirds"?
- 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: Mar 27, 2014