Visit Your National Wildlife Refuge
There is always something to see and do at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.
Bees are Cool
Protect pollinators like bees and butterflies by reducing use of pesticides.
Fall is for Hiking
Fewer bugs and lots of color make fall the ideal time to take a hike.
Things to do
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 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
When the days get shorter and the weather cools, it's time for birds to get moving. Late fall will bring many ducks, geese, tundra swans and sometimes sandhill cranes through this area. Keep your eyes on the skies and the wetlands!
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: Oct 27, 2014