• Coots

    American Coots

    Have you ever heard of the Toledo Mud Hens minor league baseball team? Ever wonder what a mud hen is? We’ve got an answer for you.

    American Coots

  • Black-billed Magpie Promo

    Black-billed Magpie

    The drama queens of the high desert, if the desert had a reality show, magpies would be the stars, constantly insisting on being the center of attention.

    Black-billed Magpies

  • Osprey & Fish


    If you’ve got water, there’s a good chance you’ve got an osprey, or “fish hawk.” Lucky you.


Of Special Interest

Bird Banding Bonanza October 15th!

October 15, 2019 Bird Banding

Join us on October 15th at 9:00 a.m. to learn about why banding is important and see our feathered friends up-close!

Screech At The Reach

October 25, 2019 Bats

Scared of spiders? Terrified of toads? Bewitched by bats? You shouldn't be, and we're happy to tell you why. Join us October 25th for Screech At The Reach at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (1943 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick) to explore the creatures of Halloween. This family fun event will start at 6:00 where kids can dissect owl pellets, make owl masks, or stroke a wolf pelt. Blue Mountain Wildlife will showcase live owls and experts will be on hand to talk about these Halloween creatures, or the Monument itself. The Reach will be open until 8:30 p.m. Normal admission fees apply. Remember, 6:00 p.m. sharp!

Watching Wildlife

Watching Wildlife


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

Watching Wildlife

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

McNary National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge 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