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  • A male mountain bluebird perched atop a wooden fence post at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    Bird Watching

    The Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area.

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  • Dam 1, also known as Rock Dam, is one of the public fishing areas at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.


    Fishing is permitted in 14 areas according to State fishing seasons and regulations.

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  • An Aphrodite Fritillary feeding on a flower.


    Explore nature at J. Clark Salyer NWR. Visitors can choose from two auto tours, two hiking trails, and two canoe trails.

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    There are nine Public Hunting Areas at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

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  • Duck Banding

    Duck Banding

    To monitor waterfowl populations, Refuge staff conduct duck banding prior to the fall waterfowl hunting season.

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Recent Events

New Bluebird Boxes!

Members of the Towner 4-H Club attach a new bluebird box to a fence post along the Scenic Trail.

Members of the Towner Happy Neighbors 4-H Club distributed new bluebird boxes along the Scenic Trail. They plan to maintain and monitor the boxes as part of an ongoing group project. Take a drive down the Scenic Trail and check them out!

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About the Complex

Souris River Basin NWR Complex

The J. Clark Salyer NWR, J. Clark Salyer WMD, and the Upper Souris NWR make up the Souris River Basin NWR Complex.

J. Clark Salyer is managed as part of the Souris River Basin NWR 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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Items of Interest

  • Road Conditions at J. Clark Salyer

    Water over a Texas crossing on the Scenic Trail at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    The Scenic Trail is open. There are still some low water crossings covered with water. Please use caution in these areas because they may be slippery. If you have any questions, please call our office at 701-768-2548. The Grassland Trail is currently closed due to flooded roads.

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  • Field Trip

    Members of ND Congressional staff helped band ducks at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    Members of North Dakota Congressional staff recently joined J. Clark Salyer NWR staff to band ducks. What a great way to see what we do at ND Refuges!

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  • Duck Banding 2014

    Kids have fun helping refuge staff band ducks at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    It's that time of year again. Refuge staff and various school groups are out of bed long before the sun rises to take part in our annual duck banding program. So far this year, we have banded over 1,500 ducks! Check out our duck banding page to learn more about why we do this.

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  • Relocating Spurge Beetles

    Refuge staff collect spurge beetles for relocation.

    Refuge staff collected spurge beetles in early July. The beetles were then relocated around the Refuge and Wetland Management District to aid in the control of leafy spurge.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2014
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