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  • High water levels and Road conditions

    Water, Water Everywhere

    May has been an incredibly rainy month. Please use extra caution on the Auto Tour Loop.

  • 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

  • Canada goose goslings in nest: B. Ferguson

    Cornucopia of spring birds

    Waterbirds like stilt, avocet, ibis, egrets and herons are here! Plus, goslings & ducklings will be hatching soon.

    Bird Sightings

  • 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

Life on the Refuge

Migration Season has Begun!

Godwit small

Some of our early season breeding birds are setting up territories, while other birds like this Marbled Godwit are just stopping through on their way north to their breeding grounds.

Birding on the Refuge

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: May 19, 2015
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