Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was founded in 1999 to promote the conservation and appreciation of natural and cultural resources at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon. From our Crane’s Nest Nature Center & Store at refuge headquarters, we proudly assist refuge staff with interpretive programs, habitat restoration, visitor services, and other refuge projects. In addition to partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in supporting over 187,000 acres of refuge, we work toward continued recognition of the environmental, spiritual, and economic value of our nation’s public lands. Our role as stewards of this refuge is carried out in a variety of programs and projects focused on outreach, education, advocacy, and on-the-ground stewardship.
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is an oasis in Oregon’s high desert, providing crucial resting, feeding, and breeding habitat for hundreds of species of wildlife. The refuge is popular with birders, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts, particularly during spring and fall migration.
In addition to directly supporting refuge staff, the Friends of Malheur NWR are a partner in planning the annual Harney County Migratory Bird Festival, Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) program, and provide an annual scholarship to local graduates seeking further education in conservation or wildlife sciences. We hire interns, organize volunteer work parties, and host events such as the annual Carp Derby.
The Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a 501(c)3 non-profit entity and our work is supported by members, donors, revenue from the nature store, and grants. Learn more at www.MalheurFriends.org or follow us @MalheurFriends on Facebook and Instagram.