Of Interest

Winter Birds

February 15, 2020 Snow Geese

Experience McNary's abundance of ducks, geese, swans, raptors and other migrating birds with the grand opening of our newly paved trail. Enjoy live bird programs by Blue Mountain Wildlife, presentations by local experts, waterfowl tours and walks, Tri-Cities Wood Carvers demonstration, and nature activities for all ages. The Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges is hosting this free, family friendly event. Time & Location 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at McNary National Wildlife Refuge, 64 Maple Street, Burbank, Washington 99323.

Winter Birds 2020

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

March 21, 2020 Sandhill Crane

Experience the beauty and wonder of wildlife, highlighted by the return of Sandhill cranes to the Channeled Scablands. This three-day community event features a variety of activities. Field trips take you to view cranes and thousands of geese and duck, burrowing owls (when they are around), and the other wildlife of Columbia NWR. Learn about songbirds, geology, local agriculture, and human projects that affect the natural world. All Saturday, experts present diverse and absorbing lectures on the area's natural and cultural heritage. An art contest, a live raptor presentation, and numerous children's activities are offered. The festival charges an admission fee that covers entrance to all lectures.

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Site
Cold Springs History

Cold Springs History

Earth-Filled Dam

Really like history? Fascinated with engineering trivia? Insomnia? This is the page for you. Learn about the making of the Cold Springs NWR and Dam.

History of Cold Springs Refuge & Dam

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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