Natural History

Species Spotlight: Evening Grosbeak

Written by Peter Pearsall/Photo by Barbara Wheeler The evening grosbeak is a large, colorful finch of northern conifer forests. Often found in large, chirping flocks, they feed primarily on seeds

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White-faced Ibis

Species Spotlight: White-faced Ibis

Flocks of these long-legged, curved-bill waders are a regular sight in spring, summer, and autumn in the interior West. A drive past Harney County’s many flood-irrigated fields and wet meadows will undoubtably turn some up. Under the right light, the shimmering purple, green, and bronze plumage of breeding white-faced ibises is truly remarkable.

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Understanding the Underdogs

By Alexa Martinez, MNWR Wildlife Biologist When visitors are asked ‘what is the first species that comes to mind when you think of a refuge system?’ it’s not a shocker

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Species Spotlight: Mountain Whitefish

By Rebecca Pickle/ Photo by Joseph Tomelleri A fish that is a tubular, silvery, flash in the river “torpedo” is known as the mountain whitefish (Prosopium williamsoni). The mountain whitefish

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