• American Avocets

    A Year of Wildlife

    With its great habitat diversity, Malheur attracts more than 340 bird species and other wildlife, and the abundance varies with the seasons.

    Watchable Wildlife Brochure

  • Benson Pond

    Open Daily, Sunrise to Sunset

    Great wildlife viewing sites are the Refuge HQ and the auto tour route (P Ranch, Krumbo Reservoir and Buena Vista, Benson and Knox Ponds).

    Blitzen Valley Auto Tour Map

  • Yellow Warbler

    Refuge Headquarters

    The variety of trees and shrubs at the Refuge HQ attracts many birds, making it one of the best places in Oregon to see migrating songbirds.

    Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Brochure

  • Loggerhead Shrike

    Recent Bird Sightings & More!

    Browse the Facebook of the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (FOMR) to keep updated on what is happening at the Refuge.

    Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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    Become A Friend Today

    Consider becoming a Friend of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Not only is it incredibly rewarding, even more importantly, it’s fun!


Experience Malheur

Good Starting Point For Your Visit

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Malheur National Wildlife Refuge protects a vast complex of habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife and offers recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy. General information and brochures on this website and visiting the Visitor Center at Refuge headquarters is a good starting point for your visit. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and staffed with the help of volunteers, most weekends. If you have any questions, please contact us at 541-493-2612 or malheur@fws.gov.

Malheur Refuge Map

About The Refuge

Buena Vista Pond Rainbow

One of the crown jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge protects a vast complex of habitats in Oregon’s high desert. The Refuge is famous for its tremendous diversity and spectacular concentrations of wildlife. With more than 340 bird species and 67 mammal species, Malheur is a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Malheur Refuge Brochure

Get Involved

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Would you like to help with projects on the Refuge? Then you're in luck. We are now accepting applications in our Volunteer Program for 2020. Leave your contact information at malheur_volunteer@fws.gov if you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about the volunteer program. Specific project opportunities can also be found in the link below.

Volunteering at Malheur

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