Nisqually Watershed Festival
Celebrate the cultural and ecological diversity of the watershed. Fun for the whole family!
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Summer Lecture Series
This popular annual series featuring expert speakers takes place every Wednesday evening from July 6th through August 24th.
Junior Duck Stamp Contest
View amazing artwork by grade school age students. This collection features all 36 place winners from the 2013 Poster Contest.
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Wednesday Morning Bird Walk
Join the area's most expert birders on this weekly survey of the Refuge. Open to beginners!
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UpdatesSeptember 13, 2012
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex is continuing to develop Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) for Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and the Black River Unit of Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR with the help of the public, partners, and interested stakeholders. The CCPs will guide management of these Refuges over the next 15 years.Tell me more!
About the Complex
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex includes Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually and Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuges.
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually is managed as part of the Nisqually NWR Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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- March 02, 2016
What's it all about? What is there to see? If you're eager to learn more about the wildlife and history at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, consider joining us for a class or a walk around the estuary's complex blend of habitats, led by a passionate and experienced guide.Tell me more!
- June 15, 2016
Seeing a beaver at the Refuge is always a special treat, something one is likely to remember forever - and this is the time of year when you're most likely to see one! What is the Refuge's relationship to the mysterious and elusive beaver?Beavers are awesome!
- February 14, 2016
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is now Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge! The name was changed as a result of the Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act, which was signed into law this past December. Billy Frank Jr. was a member of the local Nisqually Tribe who challenged the state and federal government, through civil disobedience, to honor the terms of the Medicine Creek Treaty which was signed on the Refuge in 1854.Tell me the story!
- March 09, 2013
In the spring of 2008, the Refuge released a quarterly newsletter called The Flyway. The newsletter chonicles the estuary restoration, has articles about wildlife, contains event reminders and schedules, and generally describes what's been going on at the Refuge.Visit the Archive
The reclusive American Bittern is a master of disguise. When it feels threatened, it stretches its neck and all but disappears among the reeds.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., great blue heron, ©i'ina van Lawick
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016