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  • WY GFD beadfishing legal trout bead - March 2014

    Is Bead Fishing Legal?

    Depends how the trout bead is rigged to the line.

    WY G&F news release on bead fishing in Wyoming

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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

    Have a burning question and no one will answer their phone? We hope our Frequently Asked Questions page will solve your problem.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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

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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

  • Online Gallery of WY Jr Duck Stamp Winners Live

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    The gallery of the top 100 art entries for 2014 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!

    Seedskadee's Facebook albums for each age group of WY 2014 Jr Duck stamp
  • Update: WY's Jr Duck Stamp Winner Places 2nd at National Competition!

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    Second place in this year's National Jr. Duck Stamp contest went to Andrew Kneeland, 16, of Rock Springs, Wyo., for his acrylic painting of a trumpeter swan with cygnets. This is the first time a student from Wyoming has ever placed in the top three at the national level. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of a year-long Junior Duck Stamp conservation program used by educators across the nation. This year, more than 29,000 students participated in state Junior Duck Stamp competitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education. For complete contest results, go to the Junior Duck Stamp Program's website at A gallery of all state Best of Show entries can be found at For more information about the program, visit:

    Federal Junior Duck Stamp Page with 2014 National Contest Winners
  • WY Jr Duck Winners announced!

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    The winners of the 2014 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program were announced March 26th. 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. 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. Educational guides for youth, educators, home school, and non-traditional education are available through the Junior Duck Stamp Program website, see link below.

    News Release - Jr Duck Stamp Winners Announced for WY 2014 Contest
  • 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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 26, 2014
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