The 23,000 acres of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge are scattered around several units, including the Marsh units abutting the Seep Lakes Wildlife Area. This site makes it easy to imagine what it was like before the dams were built for agricultural irrigation. This varied habitat, located at a strategic spot on the Pacific Flyway, is well-suited to attract a wide diversity of bird life, including more than 100,000 ducks that overwinter here. The refuge is so important to migrating and overwintering birds that Audubon Washington has designated it as an Important Bird Area. Habitats: Shrub-steppe, cliff, riparian, lakes, grassland, wetland, ponds.
Specialty birds: Common Loon; American White Pelican; Great Egret; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s and Ferruginous Hawks; Sandhill Crane; American Avocet; Black-necked Stilt; Solitary Sandpiper; Long-billed Curlew; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Wilson’s and Rednecked Phalaropes; Bonaparte’s Gull; Forster’s Tern; Short-eared and Burrowing Owls; Calliope and Rufous Hummingbirds; Cassin’s Vireo; Sage Thrasher; Sage Sparrow.
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