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    Montana Junior Duck Stamp Program

    Dynamic arts, science curriculum that teaches wetlands, waterfowl conservation to K-12 students.

    Montana Junior Duck Stamp Program

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    Bitterroot River Flooding

    The river corridor is beautiful, but also the mechanism for creating terrestrial plant, animal life.

    Bitterroot River and Riparian Forest

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    Refuge Volunteers Doing Weed Pull

    Community gathering to learn about noxious weeds and have fun pulling them.


  • Refuge Montage

    Refuge Montage

    The Refuge is immersed in aesthetics and beauty of Bitterroot Valley; our Flickr site has great photos.

    Refuge Flickr Account - Photo Set

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    Grassland Habitat Restoration

    Using agricultural methods to defeat invasive weeds and reestablish native grasses.


Refuge 50th Anniversary

Refuge 50th Anniversary

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The Refuge was established February 4, 1964 making 2014 the 50th Anniversary; read about our history in the linked Comprehensive Conservation Plan below.

Comprehensive Conservation Plan-Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge

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.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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News and Happenings

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 19, 2014


  • Bird Walk

    Birders Scanning for WaterfowlMarch 15, 2014

    Learn how to identify birds (and whatever else we encounter) using binoculars and field guides-3rd Saturday of every month

    Bird Walk
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