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    Burrowing Owls

    Looking for all the world like a child's cute stuffed toy, burrowing owls are beloved residents of the shrub-steppe.

    Burrowing Owls

  • Badger Promo


    Tough, grizzled, occasionally grouchy, the badger is the curmudgeon next door—gruff but a good guy with an interesting life story to tell.


  • Mule Deer Promo

    Mule Deer Photo Gallery

    You'll see a lot of mule deer here. There's a good reason for that—Umatilla has one of the most impressive mule deer herds found anywhere.

    Mule Deer Photo Gallery

Watching Wildlife

Watching Wildlife

Watching Wildlife

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

Watching Wildlife

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

Umatilla 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 Special Interest

  • Hunting Lotteries

    Hunting LotterySeptember 12, 2014

    The lotteries for waterfowl hunting and the opening two weekends of game bird hunting on the McCormack Unit are open. The lotteries close at 3:30 p.m. on September 12. Good luck.

    Umatilla Hunting Lotteries
  • Spring Is Here

    Long-billed Curlew

    As the days start to get warm and longer, be on the lookout for Umatilla's many spring-time visitors. The long-billed curlews arrived on March 13th and are preparing to nest; look for them foraging in the farm fields and in the flat grassy areas of the refuge. While curlews may be the star of the show, many other spring-time birds can be found, including western meadowlarks and Say's phoebes. The colorful birds of spring may be what catches your eye, but don't forget to look down! Wildflowers are starting to bloom, as well, and dot the ground with beautiful bursts of color. Oregon sunshine are a small yellow flower blooming now and long-leafed phlox in a light purple will soon follow. Whatever spring-time beacon you are in search of, you can find it on your visit to Umatilla NWR.

  • A New Trail

    Hiking Trail

    Umatilla NWR is proud to highlight our newest addition to the refuge, the McCormack Slough Nature Trail. The trail was built in June by local Eagle Scouts and refuge staff. Approximately 3,300-feet-long, the trail can be accessed from the overlook at the Hunter Check Station on Paterson Ferry Road. The trail wraps around the eastern edge of McCormack Slough, presenting the visitor with beautiful views of the wetlands. It skirts a great fishing location and offers outstanding birding opportunities. While you’re stretching your legs on the new trail you may notice something funny—new floating logs right in the middle of the wetland! Installed by our summer YCC crew, they are turtle basking logs to provide our western painted turtles a safe place to enjoy the sunshine. Look for these shelled wonders and all the other wildlife present as you take a walk on your refuge.

Page Photo Credits — Mule Deer  At Sunset - Chuck & Grace Bartlett, Burrowing Owl - Jane Abel, Badger - James Perdue, Barn Owlets - Kevin Keatley, Mule Deer Buck - Chuck and Grace Bartlett
Last Updated: Jul 16, 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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