Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

Birds on the Refuge

Want to know what is be seen now on the Refuge? Check out ebird.

ebird Bird Sightings on the Refuge

News

Current Conditions

sign_115

The Wildlife Education Center is open limited hours: Tuesday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. In accordance to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and federal guidelines, properly worn face masks are required for all persons 2 years and older and safe social distancing with building capacity limits among other safety measures are being followed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you -- our friends and neighbors. We continue to monitor the situation and all relevant guidance and will resume full operational Wildlife Education Center operations when it is prudent to do so. The Auto Tour Route, Wetland Wonders and Marsh Meander trails continue to be open sunrise to sunset.

Plan Your Visit

Birding the Refuge

American kestrel

Looking for a list of birds you could possibly see on the Refuge...

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Bird List 2011

2021 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Contest Winners

2021 UT Best of Show Morgan Becker

In keeping with the guidance provided by the State of Utah, we will not hold an in-person award ceremony. We want to share this video with you of the 2021 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Winners.

2021 Utah Junior Duck Stamp Winners

Grazing Phragmites

Phragmites control with cattle grazing

When aligned with habitat management objectives and under the right conditions, prescribed grazing is a highly desirable management practice. Utilized at the right time, grazing can decrease undesirable plants and increase preferred plants. Habitat with a variety of plants provides food for many different bird and animal species. Grazing is an economical way to reduce phragmites and other invasive exotics in wetlands; thus, opening opportunity for preferred plants to thrive.

Invasive Management
Featured Stories

2021 Habitat Management Plan Released

Cover BearRiverMBR Final HMP 03-10-21

The new 2021 Habitat Management Plan (HMP) including the environmental assessment is final.

Habitat Management Plan Details

Refuge Mission

Refuge Mission

Bear River wetlands looking south

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge’s mission is to provide necessary habitats for the provision of food and cover needed to fulfill lifecycle events such as migration, staging, feeding, and breeding of migratory bird species using the Refuge, with an emphasis on focal species and native wildlife. The Refuge conserves and enhances the wetland and upland areas to accomplish these goals. To that end, management actions strive to maximize available habitat for multiple species of migratory birds, while providing for the highest quality of recreational experiences deemed compatible such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation/photography, and environmental education and interpretation. Water, as the critical element in a wetland habitat, comes in short supply to the arid west and must be carefully managed.

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

NWRS Logo

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