Friends Support

The Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge fulfill a commitment to advocacy by making contributions that support conservation efforts on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and for wildlife that depend on Malheur, including birds in the Pacific Flyway. Additionally, we believe that connecting with and supporting our local and regional communities not only builds meaningful relationships, but spreads goodwill and fosters support for our Refuge and the larger Refuge System.

We are proud of the support we are able to offer these programs. With the continued support of our Members and Friends, we aim to increase and diversify these contributions when possible.


The Trumpeter Swan Society Logo. Circle around two swans flying in front of blue mountains.

The Trumpeter Swan Society

The mission of The Trumpeter Swan Society (TTSS) is to assure the vitality and welfare of wild Trumpeter Swans. TTSS has been North America’s leader of Trumpeter Swan conservation since 1968. The Friends of Malheur provide TTSS with an annual grant that helps support their conservation efforts in Oregon, including Malheur NWR, Summer Lake, and other central Oregon project sites.

The National Wildlife Refuge Association

The National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) is the leading independent voice advocating on behalf of the National Wildlife Refuge System. As such, they protect, promote, and enhance America’s wildlife heritage through strategic programs that serve the System and wildlife beyond its boundaries. We know that supporting the NWRA amplifies our voice on behalf of Malheur NWR.

Harney County Supporting Our Students

Since 2018, the Friends of Malheur have awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a Harney County graduate seeking higher education in Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources, or other Conservation related field of study.  We believe that in order to secure a future for our public lands, we must invest in future conservationists. HC SOS manages the application process and funds disbursement along with that of other local memorial funds, foundations, and organizations.

Shop Harney

The Friends of Malheur NWR, with the Crane’s Nest Nature Store at Refuge Headquarters, is an active member of the Harney County small business community. Not only are we members of the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, but sponsors of the Shop Harney program. This new program is a coalition of over 40 Harney County Businesses who are accepting Shop Harney virtual gift cards in an effort to encourage shopping small and local!