• 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


December 7, 2019 Friend Logo

Are interested in learning about the Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges? Attend the Friend-Raiser Saturday, December 7th from 1:00 - 3:00. Delicious desserts, a short trail walk, and a chance to learn about all of the great opportunities being a "Friend" of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges has to offer!


Winter Waterfowl

Trumpeter Swan

It’s winter, the time of spectacle at McNary National Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl by the thousands have moved in from northern breeding grounds to overwinter in the Mid-Columbia. On any given day, you might see 10,000 snow geese lifting off from a farm field. There might be 200 or more swans on the sloughs, mainly tundra swans but with several majestic trumpeter swans in the mix. The odd sound you hear overhead might be a flock of thousands of cackling geese. And there’s sure to be uncountable numbers of ducks on the water—pintail, ring-neck, canvasback, bufflehead, wigeon, Barrow’s goldeneye, shoveler and a host of other species. Come out and visit.

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