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    Wyoming's 2015 Jr Duck Stamp

    March 15th deadline for entries. Visit our updated WY Jr Duck Stamp page for easy access to entry forms, rules, curriculum guides and more.

    WY Jr Duck Stamp Program

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    Globally Important Bird Area

    Seedskadee has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy.

    Wyoming's Globally Important Bird Areas

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    Plan Your Visit

    All the useful links and helpful hints you need to plan a trip up to Seedskadee.

    Plan Your Visit

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Have a burning question and no one will answer their phone? We hope our Frequently Asked Questions page will solve your problem.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    Log your local bird sightings at ebird.org and check out what birds are being seen at the Refuge.

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Seasons at the Refuge

Winter Residents and Visitors at Seedskadee NWR

Pronghorn antelope in winter on sagebrush steppe in WY

Some previously uncommon species of migratory birds move onto the Refuge for the winter. Large numbers of rough legged hawks arrive from the arctic region and spend the winter hunting the wetland and riverine habitats. Brown capped rosy finches migrate from high elevations in the mountains of Wyoming to lower elevations for the winter. They can often be spotted around Refuge Headquarters near bird feeders or picking seeds from annual weeds. Trumpeter swan numbers may increase to over 200 birds, as they move onto the Refuge from areas that become frozen over at the height of winter. In most years, the Green River stays open from Highway 28 north to Fontenelle Dam, allowing some waterfowl to winter here as well. Winter is a hard time for the wildlife who remain here, with limited food supplies and often harsh weather. A few of the Refuges roads are closed to vehicles during the winter to limit disturbance and stress to wildlife during this critical time of year.

Seasons of Wildlife at Seedskadee

About the Complex

Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of two National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Wyoming.

Seedskadee is managed as part of the Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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Around the Refuge

  • Wet Areas & Private Lands Vital for Sage Grouse Summer Habitat

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    According to a Sage Grouse Initiative brief: In the arid West, life follows water. Habitats near water – streamsides, wet meadows and wetlands — support the greatest variety of animal and plant life, and attract wildlife during their daily and seasonal movements. In a water-scarce landscape, these lush habitats are also where people have naturally settled. A recent groundbreaking study reveals a strong link between wet sites, which are essential summer habitat for sage grouse to raise their broods, and the distribution of sage grouse breeding areas or leks. The authors found 85% of leks were clustered within 6 miles of these wet summer habitats. Moreover, although wet habitats cover less than 2% of the western landscape, more than 80% are located on private lands. This study makes it clear that successful sage grouse conservation will greatly depend on cooperative ventures with private landowners, ranchers and farmers to help sustain vital summer habitats.

    SGI: Science to Solutions full article
  • The Extrordinary Junco

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    Winter time at the refuge signals the return of the dark-eyed juncos. Check out juncoproject.org for interesting information on this curious, cute extrordinary bird. Through creation of a film, the project explores the remarkable diversification of junco groups. The widespread and common junco makes it a great candidate to illustrate the exciting biology happening in their own back yards.

    The Junco Project
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    Not only does Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge share part of our name with the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, but we also share a common goal to conserve the tremendous resource we have here on the Green River. Check their website for project updates and a link to the Seedskadee Refuge weather station for current conditions. Information on the partnership for the installation of a fish screen on the Refuge's Hamp II wetland water supply ditch can also be found through the Seedskadee TU website link below.

    Seedskadee Trout Unlimited Chapter Website
  • Online Gallery of WY Jr Duck Stamp Winners Live

    WY Jr Duck 2014-Linford-118x87April 25, 2014

    The gallery of the top 100 art entries for 2014 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp is now available online. An album for each age group is available from our Refuge Facebook page. Be sure to check out our Facebook page while you're there!

    Gallery of WY 2014 Jr Duck Stamp Top 100 Artworks
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 16, 2014
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