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    Seedskadee Wildlife List

    Check out all the resident and migrant wildlife found at the Refuge.

    Seedskadee Wildlife List

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    Globally Important Bird Area

    Seedskadee has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy.

    Wyoming's Globally Important Bird Areas

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    Plan Your Visit

    All the useful links and helpful hints you need to plan a trip up to Seedskadee.

    Plan Your Visit

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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Seasons at the Refuge

Fall & Migration

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Trumpeter swan cygnets have grown through the summer and by September begin to make their first attempts to fly. Common nighthawk numbers begin to build along the river. At dusk in early September, the sky appears to be full of nighthawks and then one day they are all gone, further south on their migration out of Wyoming and the north. Kokanee salmon and brown trout move onto the Refuge to spawn. Large “redds” of kokanee salmon can be seen in October, actually seeming to turn the river red is places, as they have changed into their red spawning colors. Concentrations of bald eagles arrive to catch salmon for the fall feast. As wetlands at higher elevations begin to freeze for the winter, ducks, mergansers, geese, and trumpeter swans begin to arrive in larger concentrations. The rut or breeding season for pronghorn, mule deer, moose, and elk occurs during the fall, and large males of each species may be seen challenging each other for dominance.

Seasons of Wildlife

About the Complex

Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of two National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Wyoming.

Seedskadee is managed as part of the Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge 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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Around the Refuge

  • Student Artist Workshop

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    Join us Saturday, November 7th in Jackson, Wyoming at the National Museum of Wildlife Art for a student artist workshop featuring Andrew Kneeland, winner of the 2015 Wyoming and National Junior Duck Stamp Competition. Andrew's artwork is featured on the 2015 Junior Duck Stamp, which is available online from or from Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor's Center. Andrew is from Rock Springs and is a two time Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp winner. In addition to having his artwork featured on this year's Junior Duck Stamp, last year his acrylic painting took second at the National Junior Duck Stamp Competition. Andrew is the first Wyoming artist to win the National Junior Duck Stamp Competition in over 15 years of the state's participation in the program. The workshop will be covering how to plan a painting, with a focus on Junior Duck stamp entry requirements, acrylic techniques, and how to avoid plagiarism. In addition to the workshop Saturday, on Friday afternoon at 4 pm at the Jackson Hole Visitor's Center there will be an optional photography component with tips on wildlife photography and gathering your own source material for a painting. Artists in grades 8th through 12th are encouraged to attend, only 25 participants will be accepted. Cost of registration is $35 which covers acrylic painting supplies and lunch. Applications will be accepted for no cost attendance as well. Please contact Katie Theule at 307-413-8157 or for more information or to register for this great opportunity!

  • Wyoming Student Wins National Jr Duck Stamp Competition

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a pair of wood ducks was selected to appear on the 2015-2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, painted by 17-year-old Andrew Kneeland of Rock Springs, Wyo., was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The acrylic entry, which won the Wyoming State Junior Duck Stamp Contest, was judged the winner among best-of-show entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, a total of more than 24,000 entries were submitted to the 53 state Junior Duck Stamp contests. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.
  • Online Gallery of WY Jr Duck Stamp Winners Live

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    The gallery of the top 100 art entries for 2015 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp is now available online. An album for each age group is available from our Refuge Facebook page. Be sure to check out our Facebook page while you're there!

    Gallery of WY 2015 Jr Duck Stamp Top 109 Artworks
  • Seedskadee Trout Unlimited Chapter #533

    Not only does Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge share part of our name with the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, but we also share a common goal to conserve the tremendous resource we have here on the Green River. Check their website for project updates and a link to the Seedskadee Refuge weather station for current conditions. Information on the partnership for the installation of a fish screen on the Refuge's Hamp II wetland water supply ditch can also be found through the Seedskadee TU website link below.

    Seedskadee Trout Unlimited Chapter Website
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Last Updated: Oct 23, 2015
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