Wildlife Watching

Refuge visitors watch a diversity of wildlife/USFWS Photo

The Julia Butler Hansen Refuge protects wild species and wild spaces, including the threatened Columbian White-tailed deer. This makes the refuge an outstanding place for wildlife watching year round. Many ducks, geese and other waterfowl find sanctuary in the refuge during winter months, and spring and fall migration. Raptors, including bald eagles and osprey nest here. The Refuge is also home to a wide variety of other wildlife, including mammals, amphibians, insects, and songbirds. The best time of day to view wildlife is in the early morning or early evening.

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