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Seasons of Wildlife on CMR



Even though the warm days of summer are just a memory, there's still plenty of wildlife to be found on Charles M. Russell NWR from November to April. Songbirds like chickadees and juncos call from the understory in sheltered coulees while deer and elk browse the windswept uplands. If the snow is deep enough to cover the northern sagebrush, pronghorns and sage grouse move south to the Refuge and beyond in search of sage. Sharp-tailed grouse survive even the harshest winters with adaptations like feathered feet and by burrowing into the snow for shelter.

About the Complex

Charles M. Russell Complex

The Complex consists of four unstaffed satellite refuges spread throughout south-central Montana.

Charles M. Russell is managed as part of the Charles M. Russell Complex.

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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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What's new at CMR

Fort Peck Road Closures

Refuge roads near the Fort Peck Dam spillway will be closed during spillway repairs.

Fort Peck Road Closures
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 23, 2015
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