This event is sponsored by the Richland Rod and Gun Club, Ducks Unlimited, Sand and Sage Hunting Retriever Club, and the Friends of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges. The event is free, open to the public, and parents are especially encouraged to bring their children to learn about wildlife in the waters surrounding the Tri-Cities.
The McNary National Wildlife Refuge is located at 64 Maple Street in Burbank, Washington. From the Tri-Cities, take I-182 east (becomes Highway 12 outside of Pasco). Just over the Snake River Bridge, exit onto Highway 124 east toward Waitsburg. Travel 1 1/2 miles and turn right on Lake Road. The Education Center is approximately 1 mile further on the right side. Please note the revised access due to the new overpasses! A map with directions is available at www.fws.gov/mcnary/documents/mcnary-directions.pdf. For more information, call 509-546-8300.
McNary National Wildlife Refuge
Few areas in North America support waterfowl populations in the extraordinary numbers found within McNary National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors enjoy spectacular concentrations of Canada geese, mallards, and other waterfowl. More than half the mallards in the Pacific Flyway overwinter at some time in this portion of the Columbia River Basin. The refuge's location, close to the Tri-Cities, Washington, and major State and Federal highways, makes it easily accessible to local folks and travelers. The refuge encompasses over 15,000 acres of backwater sloughs, shrub-steppe uplands, irrigated farmlands, river islands, delta mudflats, and riparian areas. Particularly important to Canada geese, mallards, and wigeons, as well as shorebirds and wading birds, the refuge also includes wetlands and shoreline bays that serve as an important nursery for developing fall chinook salmon. Other waterfowl species using the refuge include green-winged teal, shoveler, canvasback, ring-necked, and lesser scaup ducks. Rare and endangered birds, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons, are found here, as are thousands of colonial nesting water birds using river islands for safe nesting.
Getting There . . .
From Portland, take Highway 84 east to Highway 730. Take Highway 12 north and make a right on Maple Street. Refuge visitor facilities are a quarter of a mile from Highway 12.