McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Pasco, Washington

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Views of American White Pelicans and American Avocet in the summer and one of the largest congregations of migrating waterfowl in Washington in the fall and winter are two of the main draws of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Located near the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers and spanning the shoreline in sections southward to the mouth of the Walla Walla River, McNary is a must-see site any time of the year. Habitats: Shrub-steppe, lowland riparian, wetland, freshwater marsh, mudflat. Specialty birds: Common Loon; American White Pelican; Tundra and Trumpeter Swans; Greater White-fronted Goose; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s Hawk; Chukar; American Avocet; Black-necked Stilt; Solitary Sandpiper; Longbilled Curlew; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Bonaparte’s Gull; Forster’s Tern; Short-eared and Burrowing Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Dusky Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing.
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Birding Washington

by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff (Falcon Guides)

Views of American White Pelicans and American Avocet in the summer and one of the largest congregations of migrating waterfowl in Washington in the fall and winter are two of the main draws of the McNary National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Located near the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers and spanning the shoreline in sections southward to the mouth of the Walla Walla River, McNary is a must-see site any time of the year. Habitats: Shrub-steppe, lowland riparian, wetland, freshwater marsh, mudflat.

Specialty birds: Common Loon; American White Pelican; Tundra and Trumpeter Swans; Greater White-fronted Goose; Greater Scaup; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Golden and Bald Eagles; Swainson’s Hawk; Chukar; American Avocet; Black-necked Stilt; Solitary Sandpiper; Longbilled Curlew; Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers; Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalaropes; Bonaparte’s Gull; Forster’s Tern; Short-eared and Burrowing Owls; Vaux’s Swift; Rufous Hummingbird; Red-naped Sapsucker; Hammond’s and Dusky Flycatchers; Cassin’s Vireo; Western Bluebird; Bohemian Waxwing.

©  Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Pasco
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 365 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Driving Directions: Directions to McNary National Wildlife Refuge

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