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  • Digging Musk Thistle

    Managing Against Weeds

    Visiting the Refuge June/July, you have probably seen staff and volunteers physically removing Houndstongue and Musk Thistle.

    Refuge "Weeds" webpage

  • 2014 Federal Duck Stamp - Jennifer Miller (artist)

    Put Your Stamp on Conservation

    Support habitat conservation by buying Federal Duck Stamp - one of the most successful conservation tools ever.

    Federal Duck Stamp website

  • Bitterroot River 218x116

    Bitterroot River Flooding

    The river corridor is beautiful, but also the mechanism for creating terrestrial plant, animal life.

    Bitterroot River and Riparian Forest

  • Refuge Montage

    Refuge Montage

    The Refuge is immersed in aesthetics and beauty of Bitterroot Valley; our Flickr site has great photos.

    Refuge Flickr Account - Photo Set

  • Entrance Drive Restoration 218x116

    Grassland Habitat Restoration

    Using agricultural methods to defeat invasive weeds and reestablish native grasses.


Refuge Namesake - Lee Metcalf

Senator Lee Metcalf

Left Column-Dedication Plaque 59 x 61

The Refuge was renamed from Ravalli to Lee Metcalf NWR on August 16,1978, in honor of a public servant committed to conservation.

Lee Metcalf

Special Places Where Wildlife and People Thrive

Meet Us

NWRS Publication - booklet (pdf)

A hundred years in the making, the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS or Refuge System) is a unique network of lands and waters that benefits wildlife, provides unparalleled outdoor experiences for all Americans, and protects a healthy environment.

Meet The National Wildlife Refuge System Brochure

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.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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News and Happenings

Last Updated: Aug 26, 2015


  • Bird Walk

    Birders Scanning for WaterfowlMarch 15, 2014

    Learn how to identify birds (and whatever else we encounter) using binoculars and field guides-3rd Saturday of every month

    Bird Walk
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