Wildlife & Habitat

Mule Deer

“Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.’ – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac: With Other Essays on Conservation from Round River

  • Habitats


    The McNary National Wildlife Refuge encompasses over 15,000 acres and serves as an anchor for biodiversity in the mid-Columbia Basin.

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  • American Coots

    American Coot

    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.

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  • Black-billed Magpies

    Black-billed Magpie

    Although often reviled, and generally forgotten, magpies are among the more interesting—and certainly more striking—of species found in the shrub-steppe.

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  • Ospreys

    Osprey Roosting

    A striking black and white bird, McNary NWR is fortunate to have nesting ospreys easily viewable by the public.

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  • Pelicans

    Pelican and Seagulls

    If ever there were an election for the “Clown of the Bird World,” the pelican would be a contender. Big feet, an exaggerated waddle, and that pouch . . . few birds are as recognizable and as loved as the pelican.

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