Red Sleep Mountain Drive OPEN!
Red Sleep Mountain Drive is now open for the summer season! Front gate opens at 6:30 a.m. Start Red Sleep by 7:00 p.m.
Current Operating Hours
The nice spring weather is bringing the Rocky Mountain Ticks out in great numbers. Check yourself after a day in the outdoors.
Tick information at Center for Disease Control
Visit Your Public Lands - FREE
To encourage you to visit National Wildlife Refuges around the country, there are a number of days in 2014 where entrance fees are waived.
Link to the dates and places
2014 Duck Stamps on Sale
Did you know you can use your Federal Duck Stamp as a pass to National Wildlife Refuges as well as for hunting? (Artwork by Adam Grimm)
Federal Duck Stamp Website
The National Bison Range front gate is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Red Sleep Mountain Drive is now open - start by 7 p.m.Operating Hours
About the Complex
Three other National Wildlife Refuges as well as a Wetland Management District can be discovered along with the National Bison Range throughout the Flathead, Mission and Pleasant Valleys.
National Bison Range is managed as part of the National Bison Range Complex.
Learn more about the complex
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
- June 01, 2014
The Bitterroot are in Bloom! The warmer temperatures and mild nights have pushed the bloom time to early June this year. The Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) is designated the state flower of Montana. Growing close to the ground, the many-petaled pink flower is about the size of a half a dollar coin (about 1.25 inches in width). To protect their pollen and other reproductive parts from rains, the flowers close up on cloudy days, as well as closing during the night. So you’ll need to be out on a sunny day to see them in all their splendor. Walk the short Bitterroot Trail (about a quarter of a mile on way) to see the Bitterroot blooming in the rocky areas. Remember to leave all plants and flowers for others to enjoy. Photo by NBR staff.Seasons of Wildlife
There is much going on at the National Bison Range with the changes in weather, changes in season. Check out what visitors and staff are seeing while they travel through the Refuge. And let us know what you’ve spotted on your most recent trip.Recent Sightings
We don’t really have buffalo in North America. The true buffalo are the Cape buffalo of Africa and the water buffalo of Asia. However, the American bison has been called “buffalo” for so long that we use the names interchangeably. Technically, these North American animals are bison and, sure enough, their scientific name is 'Bison bison', while buffalo are in the 'Bubulus' genus. All are related in the cow family but they have some physical differences, including horn shape and type of fur.
To find out about more fun facts and trivia, follow the link.Bison Quick Facts
All it takes is the sight of red calves dotting the early spring landscape to understand that the Fish and Wildlife Service mission “for future generations” does not just refer to people.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Tick photo by Mat Pound, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org, Cape buffalo photo. ©John Storr, Wikimedia., 2013 Bird Day poster. ©Environment for the Americas
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014