Welcome Friends of

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

We promote conservation and appreciation of natural and cultural resources at Malheur Refuge through education, outreach, advocacy, and on-the-ground stewardship.

Alan Nyiri Marshall Pond Sunset

It's Friendsgiving Season!

Help us Conserve *Restore* Inspire in 2022

We have many plans for the coming year and are inviting you to help support them by contributing to our End of Year Fundraising goal of $20,000! 

187,757 Acres of Wildlife Habitat

The Refuge is famous for its tremendous diversity and spectacular concentrations of wildlife. With more than 340 bird species and 58 mammal species, Malheur Refuge is a mecca for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Planning to visit Malheur National Wildlife Refuge? Allow us to assist you! Learn more about the history and why it was created in the early 1900s.

Our Work
Past and present

Over the past 20 plus years, our team of volunteers and partners have developed a myriad of projects, programs, and events that have helped enhance one of the crown jewels of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Learn about the Projects, Programs, and Events that we are working on. Join the Friends with volunteer, sponsorship, and giving opportunities.

Latest from Malheur Refuge

Species Spotlight: Cinnamon Teal

Written by Peter Pearsall/Photo by Peter Pearsall The Cinnamon teal (Anas cyanoptera) is a small, striking species of dabbling duck found in the Americas, easily recognized by the rich...

Malheur Refuge Carp E-Barrier Project

Written by MNWR Aquatic Biologist Dominic Bachman and Peter Pearsall/Photos by MNWR A new carp removal project at Malheur Refuge will employ an electronic fish barrier (e-barrier), installed near...

Fish Eye View

The native fish species in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have been isolated in the springs and waterways there since the Pleistocene era or around 11,000 to 13,000 years...

President’s Note; May

The overarching goal of the refuge, as we all know, is to provide protected habitat for wildlife.  But, as federally managed public lands, the refuge has other goals as...

Malheur Musings

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Just a stunning high-desert sunset over Marshall Pond at Refuge Headquarters. That is all. 📸: Dan Streiffert #highdesert #oregondesert #greatbasin #malheurnationalwildliferefuge #friendsofmalheur

Just a stunning high-desert sunset over Marshall Pond at Refuge Headquarters. That is all. 📸: Dan Streiffert #highdesert #oregondesert #greatbasin #malheurnationalwildliferefuge #friendsofmalheur ... See MoreSee Less

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People who collaborate: Janelle Wicks, Director of Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge⁠

Janelle is the powerhouse behind Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. As director, she’s a whirlwind of event planning, advocacy, and fundraising, all aimed at conserving this precious refuge. But she knows she can’t do it alone and notes that working with the Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative provides key perspectives and insights that lead to progress and greater protection for the land we all cherish.⁠

"The wetlands collaborative is such an interesting group of diverse backgrounds, experiences, interests, and knowledge all coming together for a common purpose,” ⁠

Originally from rural Pennsylvania, Janelle's love for nature led her to pursue a degree in biology, specializing in Environmental Sciences and Marine Biology. Now, she's living her passion in Oregon, juggling her role with being a mom to twins and a whole zoo of pets.⁠

When she's not busy with her work, you can find her lounging in a hammock, exploring museums, knitting, or enjoying a well-deserved beer. Cheers to Janelle for her dedication to wildlife and wild adventures!
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It was great to meet you at the store on Tuesday!

She's the best!!

You're the Top! 🥰

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