The unique combination of habitats on CMR makes the Refuge a haven for over 250 species of migrant, resident and breeding birds.
Majestic animals like elk and mountain lions share the refuge with less impressive but equally important species like weasels, beavers and bats.
There are nineteen amphibian and reptile species on CMR. Explore the variety of frogs, toads, snakes, salamanders, lizards and turtles that call the refuge home.
From minnows in the tributaries to paddlefish in the Missouri River, and from common sport fish to Species of Concern, many species of fish are found on CMR.
Sometimes the smallest and most overlooked species can be the most important. The plants and wildlife of CMR depend on insects and pollinators for life itself.
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The refuge was named in recognition of this colorful western artist who often portrayed the refuge’s landscape in his paintings and whose conservation ethic was years ahead of his time.