Of Interest

Ospreys & Baling Twine

Osprey In Nest

Osprey are common along our rivers and lakes—anywhere there is water and fish. Unlike most other birds, they make little attempt to hide their nests, making it easy to follow a nest from egg laying right through the young leaving the nest to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, the manner in which ospreys build their nests clashes with our propensity to litter. In the wild, ospreys often line their nests with lichens, mosses and grasses. However, they will readily use substitute materials, which, sadly, often means baling twine and fishing line. The problem is it can kill them. All too often, they become entangled in the line, suffering gruesome deaths by strangulation or starvation. Researchers at the University of Montana estimate that as much as 10 to 30 percent of osprey chicks and adults in some areas are killed by this baling twine, fish nets, or fishing line. Every year, we’re called to rescue an entangled osprey, but we often arrive too late, or don’t have the resources to pull off a rescue. Many utility companies, such as the Benton REA, have been wonderful partners in helping us rescue ospreys, but we really need your help. When you’re outside, pick up any twine, rope, fishing line, etc.—you may just be saving one of these magnificent birds from a cruel death.

University of Montana Osprey Project

Spring Visit

Duckling

We think Cold Springs NWR is an incredible little refuge that few know about or visit. At the risk of too much visitation, we encourage you to plan a spring visit. Cold Springs is a fantastic place to go birdwatching any time of the year, and with the arrival of the spring migrants, it reaches its peak. Colorful warblers are generally passing through, but many will remain to nest. Many of the winter waterfowl will also remain behind, and soon will be followed by packs of all-too-adorable ducklings. Red-winged blackbirds trill and squawk from the reeds, vying for nest sites and mates. Deer and elk, with fawns and calves at their side, are around. Mink, otters, coyotes and other mammals are there for those with the patience to wait quietly. So, set aside a day or two to enjoy Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge.

Cold Springs History

Cold Springs History

Earth-Filled Dam

Really like history? Fascinated with engineering trivia? Insomnia? This is the page for you. Learn about the making of the Cold Springs NWR and Dam.

History of Cold Springs Refuge & Dam

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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