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  • Sage Grouse Hen

    Sage Grouse

    Sage Grouse hens convene at the local lek in the spring to watch males display and strut their stuff.

  • Ruddy Duck

    Ruddy Duck

    Male Ruddy Ducks are easily distinguishible by their large, bright, blue bills in spring and summer.

  • Killdeer and eggs

    Killdeer and Eggs

    Eggs laid in gravel blend well with their surroundings, but have little other cover to protect them from predation.

  • White Wagtail

    Wildlife Viewing

    This White Wagtail was the first recorded sighting in Nevada. What will you see birdwatching at Ruby Lake?

  • Western Terrestrial Garter Snake


    Please drive slowly and watch for snakes migrating across the roads.

Why we are here

Refuge Purpose and Vision

Canvasback Drake

"...for use as ... a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife." Executive Order 7923, July 2, 1938 "...for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds." 16 U.S.C. § 715d (Migratory Bird Conservation Act)

See the refuge Vision Statement

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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Page Photo Credits — Pair of Canada Geese on unit 21 with the snow-capped Ruby Mountains/USFWS
Last Updated: Mar 03, 2014
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