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    Free Tours and Films Happening Now

    Join us on Saturdays for a tour of the Refuge or watch a nature film at the Wildlife Education Center. Learn more by clicking the link.

    Get the Details!

  • Best of Show: Baby Grebe J Zaker

    2015 Photo Contest

    It's a great time to visit the Refuge and a perfect time to take photos to enter in our 2015 Photo Contest. Entries are due August 29th.


  • Guided Birding Tour

    Guided Tours on Saturdays

    Experience the Refuge with a Guided Tour. Saturdays May at 10:00am: May 30th-August 28th. Reservations required, call 435-734-6426

    Refuge Tour Flyer

  • Brad Gray JDS Best of Show 2015

    Congratulations to Bradley Gray!

    Bradley's art received best of show at the 2015 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest and Third place in the National Contest.

    JDS Winner 2015

  • Prairie Falcon Release: By K. Strommen

    Prairie Falcon Release

    On 1/13 we found a small male Prairie Falcon at the Refuge. The great folks at WRCNU fixed him up and on 2/5 he was released into the wild.

    View the Release

Shout Out!

A Big Thank You to the UCC!

Utah Conservation Corps small photo

A Utah Conservation Corps crew was on the refuge for 2 weeks spraying the invasive species phragmites. The crew used Utility Task Vehicles (UTV's) to spot spray small patches that are hard to treat using larger spray equipment. This will help to prevent these small patches from becoming larger patches. Way to go Crew!

Life on the Refuge

Baby Birds Arriving Daily

Next Generation by Dan Nelson (Thumbnail)

As spring turns to summer, it's baby season on the Refuge. Ducks, geese, grebes, shorebird babies and others have hatched and can be viewed along the Auto Tour Loop.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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Important Things to Know

  • Become a Junior Ranger

    Jr. Ranger Backpack

    Bear River has an active Jr. Ranger program - highlighted by our Jr. Ranger Activity backpacks. These backpacks are available for check out by children and families at our front desk, and are filled with fun tools and guides for exploring the Refuge wetlands and grasslands. There is also an activity workbook with 15 fun activities, and if participants complete at least 5, they can earn their patch and become an official Bear River Jr. Ranger.

    Just for Kids!
  • Road and Water Conditions

    Water and Pelican (small)

    Refuge water and road conditions can change frequently due to weather and management. Check conditions before you visit with the link below.

    Road & Water Conditions
  • What's Being Seen?

    Black-crowned night heron

    Want to know what birds are being seen on the Refuge? Click the link below for the most recent eBird sightings and Refuge surveys.

    Bird Sightings
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 06, 2015
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