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    Seedskadee Wildlife List

    Check out all the resident and migrant wildlife found at the Refuge.

    Seedskadee Wildlife List

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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

Spring and Migration at Seedskadee NWR

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Spring begins as ice on the river begins to break up and melt. Winter’s grip has not gone, but we know spring is on its way when the first red-winged blackbird males return. This begins a continuous flow of different bird species into and through the refuge. Each day offers something new to be seen, especially at the visitor's center feeders. Birds are in their bright and colorful breeding plumage and the observant visitor can witness eons-old courtship rituals. Large flocks of mountain bluebirds against the background of a late spring snow is a memorable sight. Bald eagles begin laying and incubating eggs in early March and will remain on the nest through inclement weather. Some Canada geese, trumpeter swans, and mallards wintered here on open stretches of the river, new species of ducks begin to arrive in early March. Common goldeneyes and ring necked ducks arrive in numbers with aggressive courtship displays to watch. Canada geese and trumpeter swan pairs select and begin defending a nesting site from others of their kind. Next to arrive are widgeon, gadwalls, shovelers, as well as green winged, blue winged, and cinnamon teal. The last of the ducks to arrive are ruddy ducks with their electric blue bills and stiff erect tails. Shorebird migration lasts from early April through mid-May. One of the last migratory “shows” usually concludes little noticed. In May, secretive warblers move onto the Refuge to rest and feed on insects among the newly emerging leaves of narrow leaf cottonwood and other riparian vegetation. They have migrated here from some distance, a few as far as southern South America. One of the best places in Wyoming to find these warblers during spring migration is from Refuge Headquarters to the base of Fontenelle Dam.

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

  • Wyoming Student Wins National Jr Duck Stamp Competition

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a pair of wood ducks was selected to appear on the 2015-2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, painted by 17-year-old Andrew Kneeland of Rock Springs, Wyo., was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The acrylic entry, which won the Wyoming State Junior Duck Stamp Contest, was judged the winner among best-of-show entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, a total of more than 24,000 entries were submitted to the 53 state Junior Duck Stamp contests. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.

    http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=C875A0D9-E881-A4A8-09DE2EBC9275DC30
  • Online Gallery of WY Jr Duck Stamp Winners Live

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    The gallery of the top 100 art entries for 2015 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 2015 Jr Duck Stamp Top 109 Artworks
  • 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
  • Seedskadee Trout Unlimited Chapter #533

    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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 24, 2015
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