Wildlife Observation

Birding is one of the fastest growing past times in the nation, and is also one of the most popular activities pursued by the public at Fish Springs NWR. The Refuge is well known among birders as a birding hotspot and location of unusual bird sightings.


Wildlife List


The wildlife checklist for Fish Springs NWR provides species that have been documented on the Refuge since 1960, including over 290 species of birds, and at least 70 species of birds that breed here. This comprehensive list also includes 12 species of reptiles, 2 amphibians, 4 fish, and 44 species of mammals. 

Trantula spider
Although rarely seen, the tarantula spider is right at home at Fish Springs NWR.

Native Least Chub
The Utah Chub, Least Chub and Speckled Dace are fish species native to Fish Springs. The name Fish Springs is believed to have originated from the more numerous presence of the Utah Chub in the waters of the springs. Pictured here is the Least Chub.

Coyote near office
Many species of mammals native to the Great Basin also reside on the refuge. Coyotes can often be observed, such as in this photo that was taken near the Refuge office.