J. Clark Salyer NWR provides important habitat for thousands of migratory birds. Over 250 bird species are found here, including waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds. Many mammals live on the Refuge as well.
J.Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge is one of seven sites in North Dakota that underwent extensive butterfly research.
You will find a wide variety of mammals on J. Clark Salyer NWR, including moose, deer, fox, porcupine, ground squirrels, and bats.
The great blue heron, American bittern, and great egret are just three of the marsh birds you may encounter while visiting the refuge.
There are 9 different owl species found in North Dakota. They are migratory birds of prey found in a variety of habitats.
Hawks, eagles, and falcons are raptors. Raptors are excellent predators that have strong grasping feet with sharp talons, a hooked upper beak, and superb vision.
Frogs, snakes, salamanders, and turtles inhabit all areas of the refuge.
A variety of shorebirds frequent the mud flats and shorelines of J. Clark Salyer NWR.
The grasslands, meadows, and marshes of J. Clark Salyer NWR provide excellent habitat for songbirds.
Sharp-tailed grouse, partridge, and pheasant are found in the uplands of J. Clark Salyer NWR.
Waterfowl commonly seen nesting on or near Refuge wetlands include gadwalls, blue-winged teal, mallards, and Canada geese.
Mixed grass prairie, river valley, marsh, sandhill, and woodland habitats can be found at J. Clark Salyer NWR. An amazing assortment of vegetation can be found in each.
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25 species of ducks use the Refuge habitat, including 4 species that are rare visitors and 16 species that breed here.