Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

Colville, Washington

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Many things make the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) stand out as a bird-watching destination. It is the only mountainous, mixed-conifer forest refuge in the contiguous United States, it ranges in elevation from 1,800 feet along its western edges to 5,600 feet along its eastern border, and it is one of the least-visited refuges in Washington due to it location in the remote northeast corner of the state. All of these facts make Little Pend Oreille a playground for bird-watchers. More than 185 species of birds are on the list of possible species for the 40,000-acre refuge, with peak bird diversity occurring in the late spring and early summer migration and nesting seasons. Specialty birds: Common Loon; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Blue Grouse; Wilson’s Phalarope; Short-eared, Flammulated, and Northern Pygmy-Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; White-headed, Lewis’s, Black-backed, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing; Northern Waterthrush; Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; White-winged Crossbill; Pine Grosbeak.
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by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff (Falcon Guides)

Many things make the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) stand out as a bird-watching destination. It is the only mountainous, mixed-conifer forest refuge in the contiguous United States, it ranges in elevation from 1,800 feet along its western edges to 5,600 feet along its eastern border, and it is one of the least-visited refuges in Washington due to it location in the remote northeast corner of the state. All of these facts make Little Pend Oreille a playground for bird-watchers. More than 185 species of birds are on the list of possible species for the 40,000-acre refuge, with peak bird diversity occurring in the late spring and early summer migration and nesting seasons.

Specialty birds: Common Loon; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Northern Goshawk; Blue Grouse; Wilson’s Phalarope; Short-eared, Flammulated, and Northern Pygmy-Owl; Vaux’s Swift; Blackchinned, Calliope, and Rufous Hummingbirds; White-headed, Lewis’s, Black-backed, and Pileated Woodpeckers; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Pacific-slope Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Gray Jay; Pygmy Nuthatch; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing; Northern Waterthrush; Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; White-winged Crossbill; Pine Grosbeak.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Colville
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 1,300 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge

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