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  • 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.


Featured Event

Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest

Pale Evening PrimroseNovember 09, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center are pleased to present photographer and self-taught botanist Mark Turner for an evening presentation of Wildflowers of the Northwest. Mark’s photography is featured in numerous books and magazines, including his award-winning field guides. His presentation and slide show begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9th, at The Reach, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland. The normal admission fee includes Mark’s presentation and an opportunity to speak with USFWS staff about the Hanford Reach National Monument, as well as access to all the galleries.

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.

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

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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.

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Of Special Interest

  • Screech At The Reach

    BatsOctober 28, 2016

    Scared of spiders? Terrified of toads? Bewitched by bats? You shouldn't be, and we're happy to tell you why. Join us at for Screech At The Reach at the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (1943 Columbia Park Trail, Kennewick) to explore the myths and truths about the creatures of Halloween. Adults, you'll want to be there at 6:00 p.m. sharp–that's when we'll have a lecture about these scary denizens of the night. Immediately after that (6:45), we'll have tables set up for kids to construct clothespin bats, dissect owl pellets, make owl masks, or stroke a wolf pelt. Blue Mountain Wildlife will be on hand with live owls, and there will be spiders and snakes and scorpions. Experts will be on hand to talk about these creatures, or the Monument itself. The Reach will be open until 8:00 p.m. Normal admission fees apply, but if you bring a canned good for Second Harvest, you'll get $2 off the admission fee. Remember, 5:30 p.m. sharp!

    Screech At The Reach
  • Wallula Hunting Changes

    Duck Day

    Based on this user feedback, the Refuge will modify hunt regulations for the Millet and Woodland ponds on the Wallula Unit of McNary NWR. The entire Wallula Unit has heretofore been open to waterfowl hunting in accordance with State regulations regarding hunt days and shooting hours. For the 2016-17 season, waterfowl hunting on the Millet and Woodland ponds will close daily at 12:00 pm (noon). This closure time will not apply to the remainder of the Wallula Unit, which will continue to follow standard state regulations for shooting hours.

    Wallula Hunting Changes
Page Photo Credits — Gray Squirrel - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, American Coot - J. Michael Raby, Black-billed Magpie - Chuck and Grace Bartlett, White Pelican - Ingrid Taylar, Pale Evening Primrose - Mark Turner
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2016
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