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A Beginner’s Guide to the National Wildlife Refuge System

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

Refuge Happenings

Winter Education Programs

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The Souris River Basin NWR Complex is looking to expand our Environmental Education offerings this winter to homeschools. We have great hands on winter activities that range from snowshoeing to winter survival animal style and animals tracks. Programs are available both at J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge and Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge. Most activities can be tailored to fit content standards and learning objectives. Contact the Refuge Ranger at 701-768-2548 ext. 125 for more information. P.S. We also have plenty availability for regular school and community groups too!

Ice Fishing

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All Refuge waters are open to ice fishing between December 15 and the end of the State fishing season. Remember that vehicles are only allowed on designated trails. Be sure to read and follow all fishing regulations and pay attention to the constantly changing ice conditions. Contact our office if you have any questions.

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Hunting Season

A whitetail buck at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

J. Clark Salyer NWR offers a quality hunting experience for deer, turkey, grouse, partridge, pheasant, fox, and waterfowl in accordance with State regulations. Please familiarize yourself with our Hunting Regulations brochure and contact us if you have any questions.

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Upcoming Event

Snowshoe the Refuge

Snowshoeing J. Clark Salyer NWR

Come out to your local wildlife refuge on March 3rd and enjoy the snow! Free snowshoe checkout will be available as well as guided tours. Learn about animal tracks and join us for hot cocoa. There will be tours at 11:00am and 1:00pm. An email RSVP is recommended but not required - fsourisloopr@gmail.com

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


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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