Managing Against Weeds
Visiting the Refuge June/July, you have probably seen staff and volunteers physically removing Houndstongue and Musk Thistle.
Refuge "Weeds" webpage
Grassland Habitat Restoration
Using agricultural methods to defeat invasive weeds and reestablish native grasses.
Put Your Stamp on Conservation
Support habitat conservation by buying Federal Duck Stamp - one of the most successful conservation tools ever.
Federal Duck Stamp website
Bitterroot River Flooding
The river corridor is beautiful, but also the mechanism for creating terrestrial plant, animal life.
Bitterroot River and Riparian Forest
The Refuge is immersed in aesthetics and beauty of Bitterroot Valley; our Flickr site has great photos.
Refuge Flickr Account - Photo Set
Refuge Namesake - Lee Metcalf
The Refuge was renamed from Ravalli to Lee Metcalf NWR on August 16,1978, in honor of a public servant committed to conservation.Lee Metcalf
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
News and Happenings
Waterfowl numbers, diversity continue to increase. One of our rarer ducks is the Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) photographed (bird with red head) by Mike Daniels.
Mike Daniels photographed this mink swimming across Pond 6. Eventually it ran across Wildfowl Lane at the water control structures.
Several Sagebrush Buttercup are in bloom along the WVA trail...great to see some color!
This gadget taps into the huge observation database of E Bird. Refuge sightings are highlightedLee Metcalf NWR E-Bird Trail Tracker Gadget
Characteristic species of riparian, gallery forest habitat; requires snags for nesting and eats free-flying insects and fruit.
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2017