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    Proposed Fishing Plan

    We’re proposing to open Turn Island to fishing in the fall of 2019. The public comment period on the draft plan is June 5-July 8, 2019.

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    Leave No Trace

    Visitors to the San Juans are encouraged to lessen their impact on this fragile resource.

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    Bird life abounds on these beautiful islands. Discover some of the birds protected by the Refuge.

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    Black Oystercatcher

    Black oystercatchers are a fascinating and boisterous species to observe.

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Connecting to Nature

Wildlife Photography Tips

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Find ideas on how to take your best shot!

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Refuge Updates

Comprehensive Conservation Planning


In 2010 Refuge staff completed a document to guide Refuge management for the next fifteen years.

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About the Complex

Washington Maritime Complex

San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Washington Maritime 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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