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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

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

  • 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
  • Watching Wildlife


    Want to see more animals on your trip to Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge? Here are some tips from the "experts."

    Watching Wildlife
  • Working With Water

    Backhoe Illustration

    Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge is adding to its wetland acreage with the conversion of a weed infested upland to approximately 30 acres of prime wetland habitat! The restoration will not only increase the amount of feeding and loafing habitat available for migratory and wintering water birds, but will also improve the function of the adjacent wetlands by providing greater connectivity.

    Resource Management
Page Photo Credits — Muskrat - Michael Bamford, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, Steelhead Jumping Falls - Greg Shields
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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