Friends of Malheur 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 office 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 the Refuge, we work toward continued recognition of the environmental, spiritual and economic value of our nation’s public lands, lands that belong to all of us.
Malheur 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.
As a Friends group partnering with a remote Refuge, we’re constantly looking for ways to engage visitors. This year, we’re expanding our Nature Store at Refuge Headquarters into a Nature Center with interpretive materials, wildlife viewing areas and a pollinator garden featuring native plants. We’re looking forward to hosting and participating in more outreach events both at the Refuge and beyond. As always, we continue to work with Refuge staff and partners to identify projects in the Harney Basin that we and our dedicated volunteers can help bring to fruition.
Even if you can’t make it out to volunteer with us or attend Refuge events, there are other ways you can support this Friends group and Malheur Refuge.