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  • 2013 Banking on Nature Report

    National Wildlife Refuges Support Over 35,000 Jobs, Pump $2.4 Billion into Local Communities. Checkout our section on page 292 below.

    Banking on Nature Full Report

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    Log your local bird sightings at and check out what birds are being seen at the Refuge.

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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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    WY 2014 Jr Duck Stamp Program

    Winners of the 2014 WY Jr Duck Stamp Contest announced! Over 570 entries came in & top 100 are on display. Tour schedule & gallery below.

    WY Jr Duck Stamp Program

  • Green River Flows below Fontenelle Dam

    See the current Green River flows just below Fontenelle Dam, 7 river miles above the Refuge.

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Seasons at the Refuge

Spring and Migration at Seedskadee NWR

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Spring begins as ice on the river begins to break up and melt. Winter’s grip has not gone, but we know spring is on its way when the first red-winged blackbird males return. This begins a continuous flow of different bird species into and through the refuge. Each day offers something new to be seen, especially at the visitor's center feeders. Birds are in their bright and colorful breeding plumage and the observant visitor can witness eons-old courtship rituals. Large flocks of mountain bluebirds against the background of a late spring snow is a memorable sight. Bald eagles begin laying and incubating eggs in early March and will remain on the nest through inclement weather. Some Canada geese, trumpeter swans, and mallards wintered here on open stretches of the river, new species of ducks begin to arrive in early March. Common goldeneyes and ring necked ducks arrive in numbers with aggressive courtship displays to watch. Canada geese and trumpeter swan pairs select and begin defending a nesting site from others of their kind. Next to arrive are widgeon, gadwalls, shovelers, as well as green winged, blue winged, and cinnamon teal. The last of the ducks to arrive are ruddy ducks with their electric blue bills and stiff erect tails. Shorebird migration lasts from early April through mid-May. One of the last migratory “shows” usually concludes little noticed. In May, secretive warblers move onto the Refuge to rest and feed on insects among the newly emerging leaves of narrow leaf cottonwood and other riparian vegetation. They have migrated here from some distance, a few as far as southern South America. One of the best places in Wyoming to find these warblers during spring migration is from Refuge Headquarters to the base of Fontenelle Dam.

Seasons of Wildlife at Seedskadee

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

  • WY Jr Duck Winners announced!

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced the winners of the 2014 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program. More than 570 art entries were received. Students also include a “conservation message” on their art, which summarizes what they learned through the program. Brennah Lane, age 16, of Powell, WY submitted the winning conservation message “By preserving the wetlands, we preserve wildlife.” The Best of Show artwork was painted by Andrew Kneeland, age 16, of Rock Springs. His artwork, an acrylic painting of a trumpeter swan with two cygnets, and Ms. Lane’s conservation message will both advance on to represent Wyoming at the 2014 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest to be held April 18th at the National Conservation Training Center in Shephardstown, WV. The first place art from the national contest is used to create a National Junior Duck Stamp each year. The Junior Duck Stamp is available for $5 from the U.S. Postal Service, Amplex Corporation and from many National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of the stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for participating students, teachers and schools. Wyoming also awards a “Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award” to the younger age groups for K – 6th grades to a piece the judges feel exhibits exemplary artistic promise. This year’s award went to Victoria Clancy, age 9, of Wilson for her oil pastel portrait of a mallard. “The continued and new participation in this program is inspiring. The artwork and conservation messages submitted are outstanding and continue to impress me. I would like to thank all of the students and teachers for the work they put in produce such excellent artwork and conservation messages to represent the Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp program,” said Katie Theule, Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator. This dynamic educational program uses both conservation and design principles to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to students in kindergarten through high school. The program provides an opportunity for students to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity, interdependence and beauty of wildlife. Educational guides for youth, educators, home school, and non-traditional education are available through the Junior Duck Stamp Program. Please visit or contact Katie Theule (307) 875-2187 x10 or for copies. The contest was judged in four age groups, Group I included Kindergarten through 3rd grade, Group II - 4th grade through 6th grade, Group III - 7th grade through 9th grade, and Group IV - 10th grade through 12th grade. For a list of first place, second place, third place and honorable mention winners in each group checkout the link to the full news release below.

    News Release - Jr Duck Stamp Winners Announced for WY 2014 Contest
  • Fontenelle Reservior Releases Increased

    March 23, 2014

    March snowpack has increased to 172% of median to date and is 143% of the median seasonal peak. Forecasted Fontenelle inflow volume has increased from 655,000 acre-ft (90% of average) at the beginning of February to a March forecast of 1,210,000 acre-ft (167% of average) with an increase in forecasted inflow volume of approximately 555,000 acre-feet. Fontenelle Reservoir releases need to be increased due to the increase in snowpack and forecasted inflow volume. Flows were ramped up to near 1500 cfs March 23rd and will remain near 1500 cfs until further notice. Visit to see the latest releases from Fontenelle Reservoir.

    US Bureau of Reclamation Fontenelle Reservoir Releases
  • The Extrordinary Junco

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    Winter time at the refuge signals the return of the dark-eyed juncos. Check out for interesting information on this curious, cute extrordinary bird. Through creation of a film, the project explores the remarkable diversification of junco groups. The widespread and common junco makes it a great candidate to illustrate the exciting biology happening in their own back yards.

    The Junco Project
  • Prescribed Grazing on National Wildlife Refuges

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    The term “prescribed grazing” has been used to describe the use of grazing as a habitat management tool on National Wildlife Refuges. It refers to using livestock (cattle, sheep, etc.) for a habitat management purpose under a “prescription” that specifies the number and type of livestock, what length of time and what time of year, and the size of the area to be grazed. Grazing on a National Wildlife Refuge can only be used to maintain, restore, and/or enhance wildlife habitats. Since we do not own livestock, we work with neighboring livestock owners to conduct the grazing management. To learn more, visit the Wildlife and Habitat section using the link below or the heading at the top of this page.

    Prescribed grazing as a habitat management tool at Seedskadee
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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2014
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