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Our area is home to a diverse and abundant bird population. Waterfowl populations reach peaks of over 100,000 birds during the fall season. The Columbia National Wildlife Refuge has had over 200 different species observed. Our lakes, marshes and sloughs are home to a tremendous variety of waterfowl.

With the abundance of water and habitat, the Moses Lake area is home to a diverse and abundant bird population. Water fowl populations reach peaks of over 100,000 birds during the fall season. The nearby Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, located just south of Moses Lake, has had over 200 different species observed. Our lakes, marshes and sloughs are home to various water fowl. Hawks, owls, ravens and cliff swallows can be observed in the cliff areas. Local wetlands provide shelter to herons, American avocent and other shore birds. Pheasants, quail and magpies are found in the upland areas.

 

Columbia Wildlife Refuge

735 East Main St.
Othello, WA 99344
(509) 488-2668
Website:  www.fws.gov/refuges
 

Othello Sand Crane Festival

(509) 765-9618 | (866) 726-3445
March 28-30 – Friday to Sunday
Website:  www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org
 

Grand Coulee Dam Area

(509) 633-3074
Website:  www.grandcouleedam.org
 

Hanford Reseach National Monument

Website:  www.fws.gov/hanfordreach
 

Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway Birding Trail Map

(206) 523-4483
Website:  wa.audubon.org
 

Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway Map  Guide

(509) 634-1608
Website:  www.couleecorridor.com

Potholes Reservoir
http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/columbia_basin/Potholes%20Reservoir/
Notes:  Birding is also very popular in this area, which is located about 4 miles south of Moses Lake.

Great Washington State Birding Trail
http://wa.audubon.org/great-washington-state-birding-trail
Notes:  You’ll find the best places for the best bird watching in the Evergreen State.

The Central Basin Audubon Society
http://www.cbas.org/
Notes:  A number of on-line birding resources ready for your enjoyment.  Be sure to check out their website.

Potholes Reservior
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potholes_Reservoir

Potholes Reservior Unit
http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/columbia_basin/Potholes%20Reservoir/