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Umatilla and Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge

Umatilla and Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuges, crucial migration resting areas for waterfowl, lie near the Columbia River and are close enough to each other that waterfowl fly back and forth between them. The 29,370-acre Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge skirts the Columbia on both the Oregon and Washington shores; the best waterfowl viewing is often near McCormack Slough. In the same area, Russian Olives host wintering Long-eared and Barn Owls. The reservoir at the 3,117-acre Cold Springs National Wildlife Refuge is a shorebird hotspot in late summer and early fall. During migration times, hundreds of thousands of swans, geese, and ducks appear at both of these refuges.

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