Toppenish Wildlife Refuge

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Eric Heisey, 18, of Granger, Wash., uses a pair of binoculars to count birds at the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge near Toppenish, Wash. (SHAWN GUST/Yakima Herald-Republic file)

Ducks fill the Toppenish Wildlife Refuge on the Yakama Nation reservation. The natural and managed wetlands create a welcoming environment for wildlife, ranging from steelhead trout to badgers and coyotes, and the refuge is known for attracting waterfowl hunters. Since it was established in 1964, the 1,978-acre refuge has served as a key resting and feeding spot for both waterfowl and migratory birds making their way along the Pacific Flyway.