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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 12 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

Earth Day 2015

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Since 1970, Earth Day has been observed around the world as a day to raise environmental awareness. Earth Day 2015 was celebrated on April 22. You can celebrate Earth Day any day by planting a tree, picking up trash, or learning about creating better habitat for wildlife. For a list of more Earth Day activities and ideas, click the link below.

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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 J. Clark Salyer NWR Scenic Trail.

    The Scenic Trail is open but road conditions can change daily during the spring. Texas crossings may have water flowing over them and the crossings may be slippery if they become covered with algae; please drive with caution. If you have any questions, please call our office at 701-768-2548. The Grassland Trail is currently closed due to damage caused by flooded roads.

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  • Sharp-tailed Grouse Leks

    Sharp-tailed grouse in mating display.

    With the coming of warm air and prairie crocuses of spring also comes the annual courtship display of many birds. One of the most unique and easiest to observe is the "dancing" of the sharp-tailed grouse. Each spring, the male sharp-tails return to traditional dancing grounds, or leks, to display their dancing abilities and attract females. Each male has his own little territory on the lek and fights often develop if another invades. After several days or weeks of dancing and courtship, nesting will occur. A grouse observation blind is available to visitors of J. Clark Salyer NWR. If you would like to reserve the blind or learn more about observation opportunities at other leks in the area, please contact our office at 701-768-2548.

  • Spring Migration

    A pair of Canada Geese stand in the snow on the edge of a marsh near J. Clark Salyer NWR headquarters in late March.

    The ice is nearly gone on the refuge pools and the temperature is slowly rising. Snow Geese, Canada Geese, Ring-Billed Gulls, Sandhill Cranes, swans, and a variety of ducks have moved into the area. Spring is a great time to get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of birds of all kinds!

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: May 18, 2015
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