Visit Your National Wildlife Refuge
There is always something to see and do at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.
Fall is for Hiking
Fewer bugs and lots of color make fall the ideal time to take a hike.
On the Move
As the days get shorter, wildlife start to feed in earnest to pack on the calories for moving on.
Things to do
Join us for our 47th annual Christmas Bird Count on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. All experience and ages are welcome. Come for the day or a few hours and see how many birds love our South Dakota winters.Christmas Bird Count
About the Complex
Waubay Complex includes Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, Waubay Wetland Management District and Dakota Tallgrass Prairie Wildlife Management Area
Waubay is managed as part of the Waubay 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
On Dec. 10, 1935 Waubay National Wildlife Refuge was established "as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife." Celebrate Your National Wildlife Refuge for the conservation, education, and economic benefits added to this area.It's Our Birthday!
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has listed the Dakota skipper as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling as an endangered species. These enigmatic butterflies require high quality native prairie - a habitat that is disappearing and underappreciated.Learn more
- April 19, 2013
Kelly Prehiem, a kindergarten teacher from Armour, SD, writes about her efforts using birds to teach her students about the world around us.Getting Kids Hooked on Birds
Ruddy ducks are the clowns of prairie potholes with their bright blue bills and slapstick mating rituals and noises.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Male ruddy duck. Photo by John Jave/USFWS
Last Updated: Nov 24, 2015