Globally Important Bird Area
Seedskadee has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy.
Wyoming's Globally Important Bird Areas
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
Green River Flows below Fontenelle Dam
See the current Green River flows just below Fontenelle Dam, 7 river miles above the Refuge.
Log your local bird sightings at ebird.org and check out what birds are being seen at the Refuge.
Seasons at the Refuge
Trumpeter swan cygnets have grown through the summer and by September begin to make their first attempts to fly. Common nighthawk numbers begin to build along the river. At dusk in early September, the sky appears to be full of nighthawks and then one day they are all gone, further south on their migration out of Wyoming and the north. Kokanee salmon and brown trout move onto the Refuge to spawn. Large “redds” of kokanee salmon can be seen in October, actually seeming to turn the river red is places, as they have changed into their red spawning colors. Concentrations of bald eagles arrive to catch salmon for the fall feast. As wetlands at higher elevations begin to freeze for the winter, ducks, mergansers, geese, and trumpeter swans begin to arrive in larger concentrations. The rut or breeding season for pronghorn, mule deer, moose, and elk occurs during the fall, and large males of each species may be seen challenging each other for dominance.Seasons of Wildlife
About the 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.
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.
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Around the Refuge
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
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
- April 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!Seedskadee's Facebook albums for each age group of WY 2014 Jr Duck stamp
- April 18, 2014
Second place in this year's National Jr. Duck Stamp contest went to Andrew Kneeland, 16, of Rock Springs, Wyo., for his acrylic painting of a trumpeter swan with cygnets. This is the first time a student from Wyoming has ever placed in the top three at the national level.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of a year-long Junior Duck Stamp conservation program used by educators across the nation. This year, more than 29,000 students participated in state Junior Duck Stamp competitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.
For complete contest results, go to the Junior Duck Stamp Program's website at www.fws.gov/juniorduck. A gallery of all state Best of Show entries can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/sets/72157643648583433/
For more information about the program, visit: www.fws.gov/juniorduck. Federal Junior Duck Stamp Page with 2014 National Contest Winners
The Shoshone Indians gave the Green River its first name "sisk-a-dee-agie" or "River of the Prairie Chicken." Fur traders later altered the name to "Seedskadee."
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2014