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 local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people 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.


Birds on the Refuge

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ebird Bird Sightings on the Refuge


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.

Plan Your Visit

Birding the Refuge

American kestrel

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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Bird List 2011

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.

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
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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