Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Shorebird Festival

    This event provides a chance for people from near and far to learn more about shorebirds and this unique area.

    Event details

  • Refuge Gallery

    Refuge Gallery

    See what everyone's been talking about! The shorebirds of Grays Harbor are truly worth a visit!

    View the Gallery!

In the News

Come to the Shorebird Festival!

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Every Spring, the Refuge hosts the Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival. Come witness one of the most remarkable spectacles in nature, as hundreds of thousands of shorebirds funnel through Grays Harbor on their way north from South America to Alaska! Attending the festival is the perfect way to learn all about it!

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Enter the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest!

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Like drawing or painting wildlife? Up for a challenge? Enter the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest! The annual contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp education program, but ANY K-12 student can apply!

Enter the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest!

Help with School Field Trips!

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Care about the environment? There is probably nothing you can do that will have a greater positive impact than directly influencing the hearts and minds of the next generation.

How do I get involved?

Help Plan the Future!

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Complex is continuing to develop Comprehensive Conservation Plans (CCP) for Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and the Black River Unit of Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR with the help of the public, partners, and interested stakeholders. The CCPs will guide management of these refuges over the next 15 years.The draft CCP and Environmental Assessment is available for public review and comment from October 26 to November 25, 2016.

Comprehensive Conservation Planning

About the Complex

Nisqually Complex

Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Nisqually 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