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  • 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.


Watching Wildlife

Watching Wildlife


Want to see more animals on your trip to Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge? Here are some tips from the "experts."

Watching Wildlife

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.

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

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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.

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Of Special Interest

  • Winter Waterfowl

    Trumpeter Swan

    It’s winter, the time of spectacle at McNary National Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl by the thousands have moved in from northern breeding grounds to overwinter in the Mid-Columbia. On any given day, you might see 10,000 snow geese lifting off from a farm field. There might be 200 or more swans on the sloughs, mainly tundra swans but with several majestic trumpeter swans in the mix. The odd sound you hear overhead might be a flock of thousands of cackling geese. And there’s sure to be uncountable numbers of ducks on the water—pintail, ring-neck, canvasback, bufflehead, wigeon, Barrow’s goldeneye, shoveler and a host of other species. Come out and visit.

  • Winter Skills & Local Trails Class

    Snowshoeing WomanJanuary 28, 2017

    Let's go ALL OUT! You're invited to join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and REI on January 28th for a Winter Skills and Local Trails Class and a nature walk at McNary National Wildlife Refuge. Let's kickoff 2017 in the right direction.

    Registration & Information
  • 2017 Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

    PaintingMarch 15, 2017

    The deadline for submitting entries for the 2017 Jr. Duck Stamp contest is rapidly approaching. Are you a student in K-12? Do you have artistic talent? Care about wildlife? Looking for fame and fortune? Then you should at least take a look at entering the 2017 contest. And we would love to see winners selected from this area, painting the ducks found here. So, check this out.

    2017 Jr. Duck Stamp Contest
Page Photo Credits — Gray Squirrel - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, American Coot - J. Michael Raby, Black-billed Magpie - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, White Pelican - Ingrid Taylar, Pale Evening Primrose - Mark Turner
Last Updated: Dec 28, 2016


  • Winter Birds

    Winter Birds IconFebruary 11, 2017

    Every year McNary NWR gets inundated with thousands of ducks, geese, and swans. Join us on February 11th!

    Winter Birds
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