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Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia

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The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife preserve operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service on the Nisqually River Delta near Puget Sound in northeastern Thurston County, Washington and northwestern Pierce County, Washington. The refuge is located just off Interstate 5, between the cities of Tacoma and Olympia.
The 12.6 km2 refuge was created in 1974 to provide habitat and nesting areas for waterfowl and other migratory birds. It includes a protected estuary, salt marshes and open mudflats, freshwater marshes, open grassland, and riparian woodland and brush. An additional is protected by the disjoint Black River Unit on a tributary of the Chehalis River.
On December 18, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Billy Frank Jr. Tell Your Story Act into law, redesignating the wildlife refuge in honor of Nisqually tribe leader and treaty rights activist Billy Frank, Jr., who died in 2014.
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  • We saw 7 eagles and a multitude of other birds. It is windy as you walk out but worth walking until the end. Lovely boardwalk and wildlife abounds. 
    We saw 7 eagles and a multitude of other birds. It is windy as you walk out but worth walking until the end. Lovely boardwalk and wildlife abounds.  more »
  • We (meaning my wife) wanted to visit the wildlife refuge, she being a semi-avid birder. We have driven past this refuge so many times on the way to somewhere else and never given it much thought, but....  more
    We (meaning my wife) wanted to visit the wildlife refuge, she being a semi-avid birder. We have driven past this refuge so many times on the way to somewhere else and never given it much thought, but....  more »

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