Visit the wildlife refuge this Saturday

— Got the winter blues?

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services at McNary National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon for the sixth annual Winter Birds event.

This is your chance to see tens of thousands of migrating ducks and geese from the refuge’s new, accessible bird blind. The grand opening of the blind will commence at 9:15 a.m., after which it will be open 365 days a year to allow visitors an up-close and personal view of the amazing diversity of birds on the refuge.

Enjoy guided birding tours led by refuge staff and the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society. Get a rare encounter with Blue Mountain Wildlife’s raptors.

Videographer Gaylord Mink will have a new wildlife film. Larry Umthum, a professional, local nature photographer, will be presenting some amazing photos. Watch biologists band birds and learn about the important data they collect.

Don’t forget to bring the kids and let them be their own detectives, examining the evidence in owl pellets and drawing conclusions as to the diet of our nocturnal friends.

An owl maze and self-guided scavenger hunt will keep your young explorers engaged on the refuge trail.

This family friendly event is sponsored by the Friends of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges and is free to the public.

The McNary National Wildlife Refuge Education Center is located at 64 Maple St.

From the Tri-Cities, go east on I-182 and U.S. Highway 12 to Burbank. Take the exit for State Route 124 to Waitsburg/Burbank. Turn right onto Lake Road.


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