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  • Kids

    For Educators

    The Refuge is offering variety of programs: field trips, classroom presentations, special events and materials for loan.

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  • Moose

    Comment Period Open Sept. 29

    To increase hunting opportunities the Service is proposing to open portions of Upper Souris and Des Lacs NWRs to moose hunting and portions of Upper Souris NWR to spring turkey hunting.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Bird Conservation

100 yrs of birdsAugust 16, 2016

One hundred years ago, the first Migratory Bird Treaty was signed between the United States and Canada, marking an historic moment in international wildlife conservation. Today, the two nations celebrate the monumental success of this agreement in bringing many birds back from the brink. The treaty provided a model for similar agreements with other nations and paved the way for regulations that continue to protect birds and their habitats today in the face of many new challenges. Learn more about how you can help celebrate, enjoy and protect our winged friends.

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About the Complex

Souris River Basin NWR Complex

The J. Clark Salyer NWR, J. Clark Salyer WMD, and the Upper Souris NWR make up the Souris River Basin NWR Complex.

J. Clark Salyer 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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Out and About on the Refuge

  • Caution When Mounting Tree Stands


    The devastating flood of 2011 damaged many trees along the Souris River corridor. Many of the trees were inundated by water for several months and died during that time. Since then, some of these trees have fallen over, have had limbs break off and many more are rotting in place. When hunting in these areas, please be aware of your surroundings and treestand placement. Try to avoid dead trees, as they may be weaker than they appear. Be careful when climbing trees, as some branches could be rotten and may not offer enough support if you would step on them or grab them. Also be aware on windy days as the wind could blow down these dead trees.

  • Recent Wildlife Sightings

    Tiger Salamander September 09, 2016

    Fall is off to a bustling start. Waterfowl, sandhill cranes, pelicans and shorebirds are all staging in large groups for fall migration around the Refuge. Turtles and salamanders have also been seen recently. They are gathering up energy stores to den for the winter. It's an awesome time to come out and wildlife watch. Please excuse our mess while we make some improvements to the roads.

  • 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
  • Road Conditions at J. Clark Salyer

    Bridge Construction

    The Bridge at Steven's Ranch is being replaced, that portion of the Scenic Trail Auto tour route will be closed from July 27-October 15, 2016. If you have any questions, please call our office at 701-768-2548.

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2016
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