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  • A mix of photos of birds, people, and wildlife at Waubay NWR. Photos by L. Hubers/USFWS

    Visit Your National Wildlife Refuge

    There is always something to see and do at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.

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    Fall is for Hiking

    Fewer bugs and lots of color make fall the ideal time to take a hike.

  • Shorebirds

    On the Move

    As the days get shorter, wildlife start to feed in earnest to pack on the calories for moving on.

Things to do

47th annual Christmas Bird Count

Join us for our 47th annual Christmas Bird Count on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. All experience and ages are welcome. Come for the day or a few hours and see how many birds love our South Dakota winters.

Christmas Bird Count

About the Complex

Waubay Complex

Waubay Complex includes Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, Waubay Wetland Management District and Dakota Tallgrass Prairie Wildlife Management Area

Waubay is managed as part of the Waubay 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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What's Happening

  • Waubay NWR is turning 80 years old

    On Dec. 10, 1935 Waubay National Wildlife Refuge was established "as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife." Celebrate Your National Wildlife Refuge for the conservation, education, and economic benefits added to this area.

    It's Our Birthday!
  • Saving endangered butterflies

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    The US Fish & Wildlife Service has listed the Dakota skipper as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling as an endangered species. These enigmatic butterflies require high quality native prairie - a habitat that is disappearing and underappreciated.

    Learn more
  • A Sense of Wonder

    April 19, 2013

    Kelly Prehiem, a kindergarten teacher from Armour, SD, writes about her efforts using birds to teach her students about the world around us.

    Getting Kids Hooked on Birds
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Male ruddy duck. Photo by John Jave/USFWS
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2015


  • It's Our Birthday!

    December 10, 2015

    December 10, 2015 marks our 80th birthday. Help us celebrate at an open house from 11 AM to 3 PM.

    It's Our Birthday!
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