Nisqually Watershed Festival
Celebrate the cultural and ecological diversity of the watershed. Fun for the whole family!
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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 a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (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 CCP 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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- October 13, 2016
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge will close a portion of the new Nisqually Estuary
Boardwalk Trail from October 15, 2016 – January 29, 2017. The closure is required for the safety of visitors as waterfowl hunting will be occurring on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife lands in close proximity to the trail.What to know ...
- September 29, 2016
For the first time ever, Purple Martins were observed nesting and, significantly, their nest was located not in a nest box, but in the natural snags artificially planted as part of the Refuge's restoration project in 2009. This is the first time Purple Martins have been observed nesting in planted snags in Washington. It is a big deal for Purple Martin conservation efforts!Tell me more about the snags and the Purple Martins!
- 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: Oct 13, 2016