Sagebrush Buttercup...Start Looking For
Yes, Bitterroot Bill said there would be 6 more weeks of winter, but there will be thaws at which time this wildflower may start to bloom.
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 Flooding
The river corridor is beautiful, but also the mechanism for creating terrestrial plant, animal life.
Bitterroot River and Riparian Forest
The Refuge is immersed in aesthetics and beauty of Bitterroot Valley; our Flickr site has great photos.
Refuge Flickr Account - Photo Set
Grassland Habitat Restoration
Using agricultural methods to defeat invasive weeds and reestablish native grasses.
Refuge Namesake - Lee Metcalf
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
About the NWRS
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
News and Happenings
Refuge volunteer and neighbor Rhonda Crosby watched the recycling of a White-tailed Deer carcass...story is on the link below.Circle of Life and Bald Eagles
Stevensville 3rd grades looked for Bitterroot Bill and/or sign...they stood in as proxies and declared 6 more weeks of winter from seen shadows. Summary of 2016 Groundhog Day
This gadget taps into the huge observation database of E Bird. Refuge sightings are highlightedLee Metcalf NWR E-Bird Trail Tracker Gadget
Students, teachers, parents get a start on creating your Junior Duck Stamp entry, winter ducks on Refuge to view. Basic technique on "How to Draw a Duck" webpage. "How to Draw a Duck"
Characteristic species of riparian, gallery forest habitat; requires snags for nesting and eats free-flying insects and fruit.
Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016
2016 Groundhog DayFebruary 02, 2016
Opportunity to become a skilled climatologist :-) by searching for Bitterroot Bill. Details at link below.2016 Groundhog Day
Bird WalkMarch 15, 2014
Learn how to identify birds (and whatever else we encounter) using binoculars and field guides-3rd Saturday of every monthBird Walk