Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon

Established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt as a “preserve and breeding ground for native birds,” Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in the high desert of southeast Oregon hosts more than 320 bird species — one of Oregon’s highest single-location lists — attracted by its location on the Pacific Flyway and its abundant water and food. Prairie Falcon, Franklin’s Gull, American White Pelican, and Greater Sage-Grouse are among the birds that nest locally, while migrants include Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, and vast numbers of other waterfowl and shorebirds. In winter, the refuge is a concentration point for raptors such as Northern Goshawk, Rough-legged Hawk, and Ferruginous Hawk.

White Pelicans at Malheur NWR by Barbara Wheeler

White Pelicans at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Barbara Wheeler

Thanks to the USFWS for providing data and images.

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