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    Canada geese

    A flock of Canada geese land at Ouray Refuge. In spring and fall, the honking of these birds fills the air throughout the day.

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    Green River

    The Green River meanders through Ouray Refuge and provides cover and food for many wildlife species.

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    If you want to see a prickly porcupine at Ouray Refuge, look up! One of the best places to see them is high up in a tree.

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    Northern saw-whet owl

    Close-up of a northern saw-whet owl at Ouray Refuge. This tiny owl eats mice and is seldom seen.

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    Mule deer

    Ouray Refuge provides important habitat for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and an occasional moose!

Wildlife sightings at Ouray Refuge

Bird Survey at Ouray Refuge

Canada geese in winter L West

We had an unusual sighting of 2 Ross’s geese during the 1/5/16 bird count. The top three most common species seen were Canada geese (855), mallard (517), and red-tailed hawk (7). We also saw black-crowned night heron, bald eagle, and northern harrier. The top three most common species seen during the 12/21/15 bird count were sandhill crane (1,370), mallard (1,200), and Canada geese (550). We also saw common merganser, great blue heron, black-crowned night heron, northern harrier, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle, and prairie falcon.

About the Complex

Lower Green River Complex

Refuges in the Lower Green River Complex include Ouray Refuge, Browns Park Refuge, and the Colorado River Wildlife Management Area.

Ouray is managed as part of the Lower Green River 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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  • Winter Birds at Ouray Refuge

    Mallard by L West

    It's still a good time for bird-watching at Ouray Refuge. Though we've had some cold temperatures, the Green River still has open water, which means that migratory birds are still around. Canada geese and mallards can be seen on sand bars and open water in the Green River along the Auto Tour Road or from the Johnson Bottom overlook, and we commonly see Canada geese flying overhead on their way to or from nearby Pelican Lake.

  • Winter Wildlife Viewing

    Pronghorn by Linda West

    There's snow on the ground and it's cold at Ouray Refuge, but you can still see wildlife as they are out searching for food. Elk, mule deer, porcupines, and wild turkeys are some of the animals that are visible at this time of year.

Page Photo Credits — Canada geese: Copyright John Savage, Northern saw-whet owl: Dan Alonzo/USFWS, Green River: Copyright John Savage, Mule deer: Copyright John Savage, Porcupine in tree: USFWS photo, Black-necked stilt: Copyright John Savage, Canada geese in the Green River in winter. Copyright: Linda West, Mallard drake. Copyright Linda West, Pronghorn. Copyright: Linda West
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2016
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