Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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Explore the Refuge


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.


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


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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