What's Happening in December?
In December, see the elk, short-eared owls and other winter wildlife.
Seasons of the Refuge
Audubon Christmas Bird Count
Join us on Saturday, January 4 to help collect important data about birds at Neal Smith NWR!
Prairie Learning and Visitor Center
Learn all about Neal Smith NWR and shop in the bookstore! Open year-round, Monday-Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 12-5pm.
Federal Recreation Passes Sold Here!
We sell passes for other Federal recreation lands here. They are ONLY available Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, excluding holidays.
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
A grassland specialist, this medium-sized owl can often be seen in winter and is easily identified by its characteristic floppy flight. Photo by Jason Murphy.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2013