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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

Vegetation Training

Vegetation training at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

Biologist Todd Grant recently taught USFWS employees about vegetation identification and sampling methods. Employees will use this knowledge to complete vegetation surveys at their stations this summer.

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.

    Learn more about the trails at J. Clark Salyer NWR
  • 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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  • Native Grasses & Wildflowers

    Native wildflowers and grasses at J. Clark Salyer NWR office.

    A few native wildflowers and grasses are starting to grow in a new interpretive area at J. Clark Salyer NWR. Come and learn some interesting facts about each one.

  • School Group Tours

    School group exploring J. Clark Salyer NWR.

    Two local school groups recently visited J. Clark Salyer NWR to have a tour and learn about wildlife. They identified waterfowl along the Scenic Trail and enjoyed exploring the outdoors.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2014
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