Of Interest

Ospreys & Baling Twine

Osprey In Nest

Osprey are common along our rivers and lakes—anywhere there is water and fish. Unlike most other birds, they make little attempt to hide their nests, making it easy to follow a nest from egg laying right through the young leaving the nest to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, the manner in which ospreys build their nests clashes with our propensity to litter. In the wild, ospreys often line their nests with lichens, mosses and grasses. However, they will readily use substitute materials, which, sadly, often means baling twine and fishing line. The problem is it can kill them. All too often, they become entangled in the line, suffering gruesome deaths by strangulation or starvation. Researchers at the University of Montana estimate that as much as 10 to 30 percent of osprey chicks and adults in some areas are killed by this baling twine, fish nets, or fishing line. Every year, we’re called to rescue an entangled osprey, but we often arrive too late, or don’t have the resources to pull off a rescue. Many utility companies, such as the Benton REA, have been wonderful partners in helping us rescue ospreys, but we really need your help. When you’re outside, pick up any twine, rope, fishing line, etc.—you may just be saving one of these magnificent birds from a cruel death.

University of Montana Osprey Project

McNary & Cold Springs Land Exchange


The FWS is considering divesting lands at McNary NWR in order to acquire lands at Cold Springs NWR. The FWS would divest itself of lands of limited wildlife habitat value at McNary while acquiring lands at Cold Spring of excellent habitat value. The FWS has decided to issue the right-of-way permit to the East Improvement District to construct irrigation pipelines in the McNary lands proposed for divesting. The FWS deferred a final decision on the land exchange until the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation is complete. The Land Exchange Plan and Environmental Assessment and FONSI are now available. A revised Environmental Assessment focusing on the land exchange will be available once the Section 106 process is complete.

McNary & Cold Springs Land Exchange Plan & Environmental Assessment

Draft Elk Hunting Plan & Environmental Assessment

April 21, 2018 Hunter

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is proposing to open hunting for elk on Cold Springs. Here’s the draft for review and comment. Questions and comments should be directed to Lamont Glass, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 64 Maple Street, Burbank, WA 99323, mcriver@fws.gov.

Draft Elk Hunting Plan & Environmental Assessment
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


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