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What's new at CMR

CMR's Randy Matchett Receives Award

Randy Matchett is recognized as a 2018 Recovery Champion for his leadership in recovery of the endangered black-footed ferret.

2018 Recovery Champions

CMR's Officer Receives Award

CMR Federal Wildlife Officer, Deb Goeb, received the Department of the Interior Valor Award on July 4, 2017.

CMR's Officer Receives Award

Fort Peck Road Closures

Refuge roads near the Fort Peck Dam spillway will be closed during spillway repairs.

Fort Peck Road Closures
Seasons of Wildlife on CMR

Summer

mule deer fawn

In June, July and August, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge truly comes alive. Wildflowers bloom and birds sing from every direction. From rock wrens in the badlands to vesper sparrows in the sagebrush to lazuli buntings along the lush river corridor, the landscape is bursting with activity during the short breeding season. In the heat of the day while most wildlife remain hidden, short-horned lizards sun themselves on rocks but as evening falls, deer and elk emerge to feed with their offspring close by their sides. Swarms of insects feed many species of bats as they fly silently through the warm summer nights.

About the Complex

Charles M. Russell Complex

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Charles M. Russell 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.

Learn more about the NWRS