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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Current Conditions


In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily closing the Wildlife Education Center. 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 will continue to monitor the situation and all relevant guidance and will resume Wildlife Education Center operations when it is prudent to do so. The Auto Tour Route,Wetland Wonders and Marsh Meander trails will continue to be open sunrise to sunset.

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2021 Best of Show - Utah Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest

2021 UT Best of Show Morgan Becker

Congratulations to Utah's Federal Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show winner Morgan Becker with her acrylic painting of a red-breasted merganser. Congratulations to Utah's Conservation Message winner Avlynn Hammond with: "We have an Earth to serve, to nurture and mend. We have an Earth to conserve, to protect, and defend. We have an Earth to preserve…to extend." Their work has been forwarded on to the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which will be held on April 16. Thank you everyone who entered. It was a joy to see all the artwork and read all the conservation messages.

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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


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