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    Butterfly or Moth?

    Can you tell the difference between a butterfly or moth?

    Butterfly vs. Moth

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    Where is the Moose?

    Find out the best time of day to see a moose and other mammals that roam the refuge!


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    All About Birds

    Learn about some of the birds that make Kootenai NWR their home!

    Learn More

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    Bats, bats everywhere!

    Several species of bats live on the refuge, learn more about these creatures of the night!

    About Bats


Bird Walk on the Refuge

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During 2018 the Friends of KNWR will host a Bird Walk at the Refuge throughout the spring, summer, and fall.

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"Puddles" the Blue Goose

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The "Blue Goose" has been adopted as the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System since 1936.

The Blue Goose History
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Story Trail

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Story trail on Myrtle Falls trail. Funded by WREN, The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, Inc., USFWS, and Bonners Books. Share a nature story with your children as you hike up to the waterfall. Story will change throughout the year.

About the Complex

Inland Northwest NWR Complex

Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Inland Northwest NWR Complex.

Read more about the complex
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