Events with Friends of MCRWR
Friends of Mid-Columbia River Wildlife Refuges help provide many special events throughout our complex of wildlife refuges. All events are free, unless specified, and open to the public.
Our environmental education programs immerse children, adults and families in nature and help inspire them to love and care for the earth.
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Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 9. Planned activities run from from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m, but the refuge is open sunrise to sunset.
This event is co-sponsored by the Yakima Valley Audubon Society and is free to the public. This year’s activities include bird banding, guided bird walks, a live raptor program, children’s games, and hay rides.
The bird banding demonstration and first bird walk begin at 8:00 a.m. The Raptor House Rehabilitation Center will have live hawks and owls at 10:00 a.m. Children’s games will run throughout, and educational materials will be available.
International Migratory Bird Day celebrates one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas—the annual migration of millions of birds. This international program provides education on the migration of nearly 350 species of birds between wintering locations, like those in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean, to nesting sites in the United States, Canada and even Russia, Norway and Finland. However, the day serves as an opportunity to celebrate all the bird species of the world whose annual movements enliven our lands, waters and skies.
Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge is located at 21 Pumphouse Road, Toppenish, Washington. This is just a few miles south of Toppenish off of U.S. Highway 97. For more information, call the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex at (509) 546-8300.
Bring your binoculars!