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
Log your local bird sightings at ebird.org and check out what birds are being seen at the Refuge.
Seedskadee Wildlife List
Check out all the resident and migrant wildlife found at the Refuge.
Seedskadee Wildlife List
WY 2013 Jr Duck Stamp Program
We now host the WY Jr Duck Stamp Program! 512 works of art came in & top 100 are on display. See the tour schedule & online 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.
Seasons at the Refuge
Some previously uncommon species of migratory birds move onto the Refuge for the winter. Large numbers of rough legged hawks arrive from the arctic region and spend the winter hunting the wetland and riverine habitats. Brown capped rosy finches migrate from high elevations in the mountains of Wyoming to lower elevations for the winter. They can often be spotted around Refuge Headquarters near bird feeders or picking seeds from annual weeds. Trumpeter swan numbers may increase to over 200 birds, as they move onto the Refuge from areas that become frozen over at the height of winter. In most years, the Green River stays open from Highway 28 north to Fontenelle Dam, allowing some waterfowl to winter here as well. Winter is a hard time for the wildlife who remain here, with limited food supplies and often harsh weather. A few of the Refuges roads are closed to vehicles during the winter to limit disturbance and stress to wildlife during this critical time of year.Seasons of Wildlife at Seedskadee
About the 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.
Learn more about the complex
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
Around the Refuge
Winter time at the refuge signals the return of the dark-eyed juncos. Check out juncoproject.org 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
- November 21, 2013
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
- November 07, 2013
Fontenelle Reservoir releases are currently 700 cfs and inflows are approximately 800 cfs. The reservoir elevation is 6492.18 and has been slowly increasing. The fall and winter season continues to be wetter than forecasted and forecasts continue to increase. In order to meet the targeted March/April elevation, it is prudent to increase releases from Fontenelle Reservoir.
Therefore, beginning Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. releases from Fontenelle will be increased to 990 cfs over the course of three days according to the following schedule:
Date Time Initial Release Change Final Release
MST (cfs) (cfs) (cfs)
11/07/2013 0800 700 +50 750
11/07/2013 1600 750 +50 800
11/08/2013 0800 800 +50 850
11/08/2013 1600 850 +50 900
11/09/2013 0800 900 +50 950
11/09/2013 1600 950 +40 990
After the final change at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9th, releases will remain at 990 cfs until further notice. This notification supersedes all previously issued notifications and is current until a new notification is received. Please note, all times identified in this notification are local time (Mountain Prevailing Time) and not hour ending.
I anticipate releases will remain at 990 cfs throughout the winter months. If hydrologic conditions continue to change significantly, this release rate may be adjusted.
Walk the Green River banks and see the riparian and wetland areas up close. A variety of birds and big game animals can be spotted from the unsurfaced trail. Come check it out next time you are at the Refuge. Be sure to bring your lunch, new picnic tables were installed at the start of the trail.Plan your visit now
The Shoshone Indians gave the Green River its first name "sisk-a-dee-agie" or "River of the Prairie Chicken." Fur traders later altered the name to "Seedskadee."
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 02, 2014