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    Snowy Owls Return to the Refuge

    December 14, 2012


    Seasonal Trail Closure

    October 3, 2012

    The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge will close a portion of the new Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk Trail during hunting season--dates will be updated when the hunt schedule is posted. 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.


    Salmon Fishing Season on the Nisqually River

    October 3, 2012

    It is the Fall season, and visitors to the Refuge are once again wondering about boats and other signs of fishing activity on the Nisqually River. At the Refuge visitor center, we receive many questions about this. The following are points of interest:


    Seasonal Freshwater Wetland Management at the Refuge

    September 12, 2012

    For many visitors, it is a surprise to discover how carefully and deliberately the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages habitat at the Refuge.  What practices are required to create the most beneficial habitat for visiting waterfowl?  How does the Refuge ensure that this benefit is distributed to include early and late arrivals?  Staff member Jesse Barham answers these questions and more.


    Conservation Planning Continues for Grays Harbor NWR and the Black River Unit

    September 12, 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 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. 


    Hummingbirds and Torpor

    June 7, 2012

    Torpor is a type of deep sleep where an animal lowers its metabolic rate by as much as 95%. By doing so, a torpid hummingbird consumes up to 50 times less energy when torpid than when awake. This lowered metabolic rate also causes a cooled body temperature. A hummingbird’s night time body temperature is maintained at a hypothermic threshold that is barely sufficient to maintain life. This threshold is known as their set point and it is far below the normal daytime body temperature of 104°F or 40°C recorded for other similarly-sized birds.


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