Wildlife and Habitat


At Hutton Lake NWR you can see a golden eagle hunting over the open country habitat for small mammals, snakes, birds or carrion.  The golden eagle is listed in the Refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan as a species of concern.

  • Open-water wetlands


    The diversity of wetland habitat within the Laramie Plains refuges provides conditions with varying amounts of emergent and aquatic vegetation, salinity and open water that support a variety of wildlife species.

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  • Upland/brush and grasslands


    The Laramie Plains refuges contain native short-grass prairie habitat, which is unique to the state of Wyoming.  Species of concern that use this habitat type include mountain plover, burrowing owl and McCown's longspur.  

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  • Alkali Flats


    The alkaline/saline soils of alkali flat habitat severely restricts plant growth.  Wildlife use is generally limited to migratory shorebirds, likely in association with nearby water.

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  • Plants


    85 plant species, including the Rocky Mountain bee plant, can be found on the Refuge. 

  • Birds


    146 bird species, including the white-faced ibis, have been recorded at the Refuge.


  • Mammals


    There are 29 species of mammal, including pronghorn, that make their home on the Refuge. 

  • Amphibians and Reptiles


    Though harder to spot, 3 species of amphibians, including the tiger salamander, and 3 reptile species can be found on the Refuge.

  • Species of Concern