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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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    They're Back

    The ice is finally gone and the birds are in full color and singing mode!

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    Seeing Smoke?

    Prescribed fires are used to rejuvenate grasslands.

    Fire Management

Things to do

Something New Every Day

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Spring is here and it's time to get outside! Birds are easier to see before the trees get their leaves and something new shows up almost every day.Grow your bird list at home or at the Refuge!

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


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

  • We Need Your Input

    The USFWS is soliciting comments for a Compatibility Determination for an overhead electric transmission line on Jensen WPA in Grant County. For questions or comments please contact Connie Mueller at Waubay NWR at 605-947-4521.

    More information
  • 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: Jun 25, 2015
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