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Want to see more animals on your trip to Toppenish 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.

Toppenish 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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Enjoying Toppenish

  • Washington Invasive Species Awareness Week

    Yellow Star-thistle SpinesFebruary 26, 2017

    Governor Jay Inslee declared the week of February 26 as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Washington State, noting that invasive species cost the United States more than $137 billion annually in crop damage, loss of fish and damage to forests. In his proclamation, Inslee urges residents to help prevent the introduction and spread of non-native, invasive species that are harmful to the state’s economy, environment and recreation resources. A 2017 study commissioned by Washington State agencies illustrated that the introduction and spread of 23 species alone could cost more than $1.3 billion a year in Washington and a loss of 8,000 jobs.

    What You Can Do
  • 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 — Muskrat - Michael Bamford, Steelhead Jumping Falls - Greg Shields, Pale Evening Primrose - Mark Turner
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017


  • Winter Birds

    Wood Duck Events 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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