• Coots

    American Coots

    Have you ever heard of the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team? Ever wonder what a mud hen is? We’ve got an answer for you.

    American Coots

  • Black-billed Magpie Promo

    Black-billed Magpie

    The drama queens of the high desert, if the desert had a reality show, magpies would be the stars, constantly insisting on being the center of attention.

    Black-billed Magpies

  • Osprey & Fish


    If you’ve got water, there’s a good chance you’ve got an osprey, or “fish hawk.” Lucky you.


Of Special Interest

McNary & Cold Springs Land Exchange

March 30, 2018 Surveyor

The FWS is proposing to divest lands at McNary NWR in order to acquire lands at Cold Springs NWR. The Land Exchange Plan and Environmental Assessment are now available.

McNary & Cold Springs Land Exchange Plan & Environmental Assessment

21st Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

March 24, 2018 Sandhill Crane

Experience the beauty and wonder of wildlife, highlighted by the return of Sandhill cranes to the Channeled Scablands. This three-day community event features a variety of activities March 23-25, 2018. Field trips take you to view cranes and thousands of geese and duck, burrowing owls (when they are around), and the other wildlife of Columbia NWR. Learn about songbirds, geology, local agriculture, and human projects that affect the natural world. All Saturday, experts present diverse and absorbing lectures on the area's natural and cultural heritage. An art contest, a live raptor presentation, and numerous children's activities are offered. The festival charges an admission fee that covers entrance to all lectures.

21st Annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
Watching Wildlife

New Bird Blind


The new bird observatory is complete! Our new blind is wheelchair accessible and features multiple viewing windows, benches for seating, and updated photography slots that allow various sized cameras to get that perfect shot. Come and check out the new design and get a glimpse of the amazing diversity of waterfowl and large concentrations of snow geese that overwinter right here in our own backyard.

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

Learn more about the NWRS