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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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    Cold but fun!

    It might be cold but there are always fun things to do outside. Try ice fishing, skiing, or birdwatching!

  • ice fishing at Waubay NWR. Photo by L. Hubers/USFWS

    Ice Fishing

    This cold weather has been great for making ice. Dress warm and come out and catch a big one!

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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.

Things to do

47th annual Christmas Bird Count

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

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

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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What's Happening

  • Waubay NWR is turning 80 years old

    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!
  • 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: Jan 04, 2016
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