Pacific Region Highlights

Sage-grouse USFWS Image

Sage-grouse get all the water they need from their food.

Sagebrush is the primary food source for sage-grouse, especially in the winter when they are completely dependent on sagebrush. In the spring, sage-grouse hens switch their diet to forbs (small non-grass plants) and available insects to get the nutrients they need for egg production. Insects are a key source of protein for sage-grouse chicks. Sage-grouse do not absolutely need a source of surface water. 

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The boardwalk at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge
The boardwalk at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge USFWS Image

Racing the Sunset at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge

One of the premiere Urban Wildlife Refuges across the country, Ridgefield NWR offers so much. From Birdfest & Bluegrass to Native American culture, history and ceremonies to birdwatching and sunset chasing.  Just across the north/south train tracks west of I-5 in Ridgefield Washington lies a little slice of wilderness flanking the Lower Columbia River.  Visitors to the refuge recently filmed an evening adventure filled with the sights and sounds of dusk.  Have your own adventure; hike the ADA approved trails; visit the Cathlapotle Plankhouse or even spot an endangered Columbia white-tailed deer.  Just remember, the refuge closes at dusk - but what a way to race the sunset.

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The Ridgefield NWR Complex

Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

Coho fry from the Quilcene National Fish Hatchery
Coho fry from the Quilcene National Fish Hatchery Ron Wong USFWS

Producing the next generation of fish for the next generation of people

These coho fry come to you all the way from Quilcene National Fish Hatchery in Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. The fish production program at Quilcene has been in operation since 1911 - providing coho salmon for on-station release; providing coho salmon eggs and fingerlings for tribal programs; and reaching out to the local community with enviornmental education and partnership opportunities.


Learn more about Quilcene NFH

Take a tour and learn how a hatchery works

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