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    For Educators

    The Refuge is offering variety of programs: field trips, classroom presentations, special events and materials for loan.

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

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Recent Events

2015 Christmas Bird Count

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The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24 hour period on one calendar day to count birds. Volunteers and staff participated in the 116th CBC on December 17th, 2015. For more information and to sign up to participate in the 2016 CBC please contact our office.

2015 CBC Results (PDF)

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

  • Weekly Wildlife Sightings

    American CootApril 06, 2016

    Despite a bit of snow overnight, the spring birds continue to arrive. Coots, Swainson's hawk (light morph), great-blue heron, bluebirds and more songbird species have been seen this week.

  • Snow Goose Migration

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    Currently the refuge and the surrounding area is hosting a large concentration of snow geese. It won't last long, but visitors are welcome on our auto tour route for this phenomenal viewing opportunity.

    Video Clip of Snow Goose Flight
  • Visiting Local Schools

    Westhope 4th grade students inspect owl pellets during a USFWS presentation.

    Refuge staff recently visited the Westhope 4th grade class to talk about wildlife. The students were able to take a close look at a variety of animal furs, skulls and ducks. The students had just completed artwork for the 2016 Junior Duck Stamp Contest and a report on the duck of their choice. They were excited to share some of the fun facts that they had learned while doing their research and it was great to see how much they already knew!

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  • Road Conditions at J. Clark Salyer

    Muddy Road

    The main Scenic Trail is open, but road conditions can change daily. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best in and around the Refuge. Please keep a watch on weather conditions and be prepared if you plan to visit. If you have any questions, please call our office at 701-768-2548.

    Learn more about the trails at J. Clark Salyer NWR
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2016
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