Bison Range now on Winter Schedule
The Bison Range is now on Winter hours with the Winter Drive open through early May.
Did I See a Wolf?
It could be. Coyotes are much more common but wolves do move through the area and a few established packs are in the surrounding mountains.
How to tell Wolves and Coyotes Apart
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
Road Work - Now in Late March
Because of deep snow, the cattleguard replacement between the Basin and Mission Creek pastures has been delayed until late March.
Road Closure Details
Saving Endangered Species Art Contest
The 2014 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest is open through March 15, 2014 for students Kindergarten through Grade 12.
Youth Art Contest Web Site
The National Bison Range front gate is open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. And the Winter Drive is now open through early May.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
- March 07, 2014
Warm weather, melting snow, and rains are making road conditions unpredictable with ice, mud and flooding. However, the large groups of red-winged blackbird males currently flocking into the valley don’t need to travel by roads. These are mostly males, here to find, set up and defend territories in cattails and willows near marshes and ponds. Other birds, including western meadowlarks and mountain bluebirds, can’t be far behind as spring pushes winter out the door. We’ll keep you up to date. Photo by John and Karen Hollingsworth, USFWSRecent Sightings
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: Mar 07, 2014
Red Sleep Mtn Drive OPENS May 10, 2014May 10, 2014
This is the day we plan to open Red Sleep Mountain Drive for the summer season (weather and road conditions permitting, of course).Opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive
International Migratory Bird DayMay 10, 2014 - May 10, 2014
We have planned a variety of events for the day. And the BIG event is the opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive for the summer season.International Migratory Bird Day