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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

Umatilla Islands

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

  • Refuge Islands Closure

    Great Blue Heron - Islands

    Now that the summer season is upon us, this is just a reminder that all islands on the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge are closed to public access. This is part of ongoing efforts to protect wildlife and habitat; the closures prevent disturbance to wildlife, reduce the risk of wildfire from campfires and fireworks that could harm nesting habitat, protect sensitive cultural resources and reduce trash and human waste. The islands closed include the Blalock Islands, Sand Islands, Telegraph Island, Long Walk Island and the small sand peninsula (sometimes an island) located on the eastern tip of Crow Butte Island. We realize that these are attractive places for recreation, but these islands are important to wildlife, and there are very few refuge areas for wildlife left on the Columbia River. Thank you for your understanding.

    Islands Closure Map
  • National Wildlife Refuge 2015 Photo Contest

    NWRA Photo ContestNovember 15, 2015

    The National Wildlife Refuge Association has announced its 2015 Refuge Photo Contest! We invite you to enter your photographs of the habitats, wildlife and people that make our national wildlife refuges such incredible places. Our nation is home to more than 560 national wildlife refuges, which provide habitat for 700 bird species, 220 mammal species, 250 reptile and amphibian species, and over 1,000 species of fish. Landscapes range from the artic tundra in Alaska to tropical coastlines along the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wouldn’t it be great to have a winning entry from Cold Springs, Columbia, Conboy Lake, McKay Creek, McNary, Toppenish, Umatilla, or the Hanford Reach National Monument? Follow the link below for details.

    NWRA 2015 Photo Contest
Page Photo Credits — Mule Deer  At Sunset - Chuck & Grace Bartlett, Burrowing Owl - Jane Abel, Badger - James Perdue, Mule Deer Buck - Chuck and Grace Bartlett
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2015


  • 2015 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2015

    We've summarized our of events for you in PDF format. Things do change, so please look at the event details in the calendar.

    2015 Events Calendar (PDF)
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