Features

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    Mardon Skippers

    Small and seldom seen, the Mardon skipper is having a tough time hanging on in Washington. Conboy Lake NWR is one of its last strongholds.

    Mardon Skipper

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    Rocky Mountain Elk

    Massive antlers, bodies weighing up to 700 pounds, shaggy manes, distinctive calls—it's no wonder everyone loves elk.

    Rocky Mountain Elk

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    Sandhill Cranes

    Wolves and geese notwithstanding, the call of a Sandhill crane is the call of the wild.

    Sandhill Cranes

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    Western Gray Squirrel

    However you might feel about squirrels—love 'em, hate 'em—the fact remains this is a species that needs our help.

    Western Gray Squirrel

Enjoying Conboy Lake

Help Save Our Bats

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White-nose Syndrome is a horrible disease threatening our bats—bats critical to our environment and food supply. Learn what you can do to help the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service—and yourself!

White-nose Syndrome

Spring

Flowers

Spring is the perfect time to visit Conboy Lake. The weather might not always cooperate, but there of plenty of things to see. The Sandhill cranes arrive in early March, and it's the best time to see their courtship dances and hear their trumpeting call. Pacific chorus frogs begin their raucous calling, particularly in the evening and at night. In April, the number of elk in the area peaks around 300. They are hard to miss! Camas and buttercup begin to bloom in May, creating blankets of blue and yellow. It is also a good time to see migratory songbirds as they pass through, and maybe even catch a glimpse of great horned owl youngsters.

Want To Know About . . .

Watching Wildlife

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Want to see more animals on your trip to Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge? Here are some tips from the "experts."

Watching Wildlife

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges

Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges.

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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.

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