• 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


The FWS is considering divesting lands at McNary NWR in order to acquire lands at Cold Springs NWR. The FWS would divest itself of lands of limited wildlife habitat value at McNary while acquiring lands at Cold Spring of excellent habitat value. The FWS has decided to issue the right-of-way permit to the East Improvement District to construct irrigation pipelines in the McNary lands proposed for divesting. The FWS deferred a final decision on the land exchange until the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is complete. The Land Exchange Plan and Environmental Assessment and FONSI are now available. A revised Environmental Assessment focusing on the land exchange will be available once the Section 106 process is complete.

McNary & Cold Springs Land Exchange Plan & Environmental Assessment

Celebrate Invertebrates!

June 23, 2018 Boy With Monarch Butterfly

Come Celebrate Invertebrates with us! When: June 23, Saturday – 9am to Noon Where: McNary National Wildlife Refuge, 64 Maple Street, Burbank, WA What: we will explore the lives of terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates. Catch and release live invertebrates, examine wasp galls, go on a scavenger hunt, and get to know worms up close and personal. Special guests will share their knowledge about butterflies, beetles, bugs, and more! Arts and crafts will include stenciling, button-making, and drawing. Each participant can create their own Nature Notebook. All ages are welcome. Fun for the whole family and free! Several great door prizes! Refreshments! Organized by Friends of the Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges in partnership with USFWS Mid-Columbia River NWR Complex.

Watching Wildlife

Monarch Butterflies and How You Can Help

Boy With Monarch Butterfly

Join Emma Pelton, Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for this hands-on, family-friendly training on what steps you can take to help conserve monarch butterflies. Activities include presentations by monarch researchers, finding monarchs and milkweed in the field, participation in citizen science projects, and activities for kids. This family friendly event will be held at Umatilla NWR in Irrigon, OR on June 16, 2018.

For More Information

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