Explore the Refuge

Trails

An Aphrodite Fritillary feeding on a flower.

Explore nature at J. Clark Salyer NWR. Visitors can choose from two auto tours, a hiking area, and a canoe trail.

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Bird Watching

A male mountain bluebird perched atop a wooden fence post at the J. Clark Salyer NWR.

The Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area.

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Sharp-tailed Grouse Leks

Sharp-tailed grouse in mating display.

With the coming of warm air and prairie crocuses of spring also comes the annual courtship display of many birds. One of the most unique and easiest to observe is the "dancing" of the sharp-tailed grouse. Each spring, the male sharp-tails return to traditional dancing grounds, or leks, to display their dancing abilities and attract females. Each male has his own little territory on the lek and fights often develop if another invades. After several days or weeks of dancing and courtship, nesting will occur.

Features

A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

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Have you ever been curious about what exactly is a National Wildlife Refuge? Check out this awesome photo tour to find out!

A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

About the Complex

Souris River Basin NWR Complex

J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Souris River Basin NWR 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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