The Refuge highlights Karen Yochem during National Volunteer Week. Over the last 24 years she has logged more then 18,821 volunteer hours!
Amazing 24-Year Commitment to Volunteering
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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UpdatesOctober 26, 2016
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.The draft CCP and Environmental Assessment is available for public review and comment from October 26 to November 25, 2016.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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- November 20, 2016
Like drawing or painting wildlife? Up for a challenge? Enter the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest! The annual contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp education program, but ANY K-12 student can apply!Learn all about it!
- 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!
- 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: Apr 25, 2017