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    We appreciate our volunteers!

    From its start in 1903, the NWRS has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect our natural resources by helping out.

    Get Involved

  • Colorado Junior Duck Stamp BOS 2016

    Colorado Jr. Duck Stamp Program soars!

    K-12 students, submit your artwork up until the mid-March deadline! Here is the 2016 Best of Show painted by Marina Boiko.

    Junior Duck Stamp Program

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    Diversity thrives at Arapaho ~

    See songbirds,waterfowl,raptors,large and small mammals,and many types of plant life on the Refuge.

    Wildlife & Habitat

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    Staff work in support of their mission ~

    Working to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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    Habitat management is essential!

    Prescribed burning is just one of several tools used for habitat management on Arapaho. Here is a burn that took place during a wet May.

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From May to September when the ponds are filled these popular water birds can be easily observed: pintails, ruddy ducks, American avocet, and Wilson's phalarope!

Learn about birds found on Arapaho NWR

About the Complex

Arapaho NWR Complex

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge is part of a refuge complex that includes one refuge in Colorado and four refuges in southern Wyoming.

Arapaho is managed as part of the Arapaho NWR 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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Important things to know

  • Road & Water Conditions

    northern shoveler familySeptember 16, 2016

    Fall showers and below freezing morning temperatures are currently influencing the water and roads on the Refuge. All roads are open. Weather conditions may cause mud and ruts when it rains. Please use caution. The river has dropped and is running low water within its banks. Water levels in the ponds are also low, but there is some water in them for the remaining waterfowl and shorebirds.

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  • What's being seen!

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    The mountain bluebirds are still here in North Park. Waterfowl and shorebirds are scattered about on the ponds that have water in them and on the Illinois River along the Moose-Goose Nature Trail.

    Learn more about staff sightings
  • Star Party


    The Star Party is our annual star gazing and nocturnal wildlife education event held at the Arapaho NWR Headquarters. Date and time to be announced. Supervised children and young adults are welcome! This event is sponsored by the Friends of Arapaho Group.

  • Limited Draw Elk Hunt

    Bull Elk

    Questions about licensing or the draw for this special elk hunt should be addressed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife at 303-297-1192. BASIC INFORMATION: There is a Limited Draw Elk hunt in Units B and C during Colorado State Elk seasons 1 through 4. Selection preference is given to youth and disabled hunters. Hunters must possess a Unit 17 or 171 tag in addition to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife selection letter for Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Selected hunters are required to attend a pre-hunt meeting at the Refuge prior to participating in the hunt.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Reflection of snow covered mountains in pond. Photo Courtesy of Meg Van Ness/USFWS, Comet clip art. Photo Courtesy of Microsoft Clip Art, Bull Elk.  Copyright:  Scott Peckham
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2016
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