A flock of Canada geese land at Ouray Refuge. In spring and fall, the honking of these birds fills the air throughout the day.
The Green River meanders through Ouray Refuge and provides cover and food for many wildlife species.
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.
Northern saw-whet owl
Close-up of a northern saw-whet owl at Ouray Refuge. This tiny owl eats mice and is seldom seen.
Ouray Refuge provides important habitat for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and an occasional moose!
Wildlife sightings at Ouray Refuge
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
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.
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
What's new at Ouray Refuge
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.
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.
Ouray Refuge provides ample habitat for shorebirds in spring, summer, and fall.
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