Black Crowned Night Heron
Here at Bear Lake NWR, these very adaptable herons nest in bulrush and cattails.
Double-crested cormorants and California gulls nest on the ground at BLNWR.
This duck gets its name from rusty or ruddy color of its feathers.
Bear Lake is a resting and nesting place for a variety of waterfowl species.
About the Complex
The Southeast Idaho NWR Complex administers five units of the Refuge System: Camas, Grays Lake, Bear Lake, and Minidoka NWRs, and Oxford Slough WPA
Bear Lake is managed as part of the Southeast Idaho NWR Complex.
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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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Spring, summer, and fall are good times to take advantage of the refuge's excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. May and June are especially prime times to see a lot of wildlife activity, such as these Canada geese with goslingslearn more
The ice is coming off the refuge ponds and marsh areas, and swans, geese and ducks are beginning to arrive!
Great Horned Owlet
This is an undeniably adorable Great horned owlet, a common species on the Refuge.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015