The most important habitat on the Refuge
Refuge wetland landscape

Our vision is to manage wetland habitat at Bear River Refuge to provide a diversity of wetland types, a diverse and abundant population of aquatic macro invertebrates,and a range of aquatic plant communities from early to late successional stages.

To achieve that goal, the habitat should consist of a complex of wetland types with varying water depths, diverse plant communities and an abundance of aquatic invertebrates for foraging, resting and staging birds. The key to highly productive wetlands at Bear River Refuge is the amount of sago pondweed and alkali bulrush. These two species are good indicators of a mid-succession aquatic plant community.

Facts About Wetlands

Most simply, wetlands are why the Refuge is here and why it is so important.  The extensive freshwater, brackish and alkali wetlands at the delta of the Bear River provide exquisite habitat for waterbirds and other wildlife, and is especially important to several migratory species such as Tundra swan, American avocet and White-faced ibis.