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


Features

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    Fall is progressing to Winter!

    Cold temps pushed a fast migration.

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    Bowdoin Refuge Receives Award

    The Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska has named Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge as a Top 50 Ecotourism Site...

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    Refuge Gallery

    View the wonders of the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge. Check out our Flicker site.

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What's New At Bowdoin

Frequently Asked Questions

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Have a question? View some of the most commonly asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Grazing Announcement!

January 21, 2021

Bowdoin NWR/WMD is seeking applicants for grazing across various units in Phillips and Blaine Counties. Applications will be open from 25 January 2021 to 12 February 2021. For more information and applications, please contact Refuge Manager Aaron Griffith (406.654.2863; aaron_griffith@fws.gov) or Wildlife Biologist Jessica Larson (406.654.4354 (cell); jessica_larson@fws.gov).

History

History of the Refuge

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Before becoming a national wildlife refuge, the lands within Bowdoin were managed by the Bureau of Reclamation.

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About the Complex

Bowdoin Complex

Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Bowdoin Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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