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    Stop and Smell the Flowers

    Adult monarch butterflies drink nectar from many kinds of flowers. Caterpillars only eat milkweed.

    What should I plant?

  • Monarch Egg Joyce Pearsall

    Welcome Home!

    Monarch butterflies are returning to our region in search of milkweed to lay their eggs on. Keep a sharp eye out and you might just see one!

    Monarch Eggs

Deer Hunting Info!

Refuge Season Set


Archery, primitive muzzleloader, and firearm hunts! Look here for info on Youth Hunt!

Deer Hunting at Big Oaks NWR

Annual Butterfly Survey


Monarch ButterflyAugust 01, 2015

Annual Butterfly Survey at Big Oaks NWR

Annual Butterfly Survey

Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social

Oakdale SchoolAugust 03, 2015

Ice Cream Social at Historic Oakdale School

Ice Cream Social at Oakdale School

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.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2015
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