Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is a unique place, one of only a handful of urban wildlife refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Thanks to the combined efforts of local residents and the US Fish & Wildlife Service, this land was set aside as a refuge in 1992. Ever since, our staff has been working hard to turn the land back to a more natural state within the floodplain of the Tualatin River basin. We manage the Refuge to mimic the natural seasonal cycle, so whatever the season, you’ll see many kinds of wildlife here. Our efforts are paying off! The Refuge has become a key stopping point on the Pacific Flyway as migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds by the thousands discover this rich and varied resource. Several more species are appearing each year. The Refuge is part of your community. Take the time to discover and enjoy the wildlife who live here, and the habitats that support them.
Refuge Manager: Erin Holmes
Wildlife Center Coordinator: Rachel Miller
Biological Technician: Trevor Sheffels
Biological Program Coordinator: Michael Lotspeich
Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge