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  • A mix of photos of birds, people, and wildlife at Waubay NWR. Photos by L. Hubers/USFWS

    Visit Your National Wildlife Refuge

    There is always something to see and do at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.

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    If you think it's cold...

    Winter can be extremely difficult for all kinds of animals. Making sure there is good winter cover is vital for their survival.

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    Cold but fun!

    It might be cold but there are always fun things to do outside. Ice Fishing starts Dec. 8th.

Things to do

What's the Buzz?

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Bees and other pollinators are declining due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Help monitor these fascinating flying bugs by grabbing your phone or camera and joining Bumble Bee Watch.

Bumble Bee Watch

About the Complex

Waubay 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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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What's Happening

  • Winter Activities

    Deer hunting seasons run from November 27 until December 31. Waubay Lake is frozen but ice fishing will not start until after the rifle and muzzleloader seasons on December 8th.

  • 46th annual Christmas Bird Count

    Join us for our 46th annual Christmas Bird Count on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. 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
  • Saving endangered butterflies

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    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
  • A Sense of Wonder

    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
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Male ruddy duck. Photo by John Jave/USFWS
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2014
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