A Success Story!
A prairie falcon delivered by refuge staff to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center with a broken leg and wing was released on November 1.
A Blue-winged Teal banded on the refuge in August 2011 was found in Haiti November 2012.
Birds of the Refuge
Designated a Globally Important Bird Area in the United States by the American Bird Conservancy, the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge bird list includes 283 species seen in the area since the Refuge was established.Medicine Lake NWR Bird List (214KB PDF)
About the Complex
The complex includes Medicine Lake NWR, an 11,360-acre federal Wilderness Area and the Northeast Montana WMD.
Medicine Lake is managed as part of the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
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
Wildlife Drive road is closed to vehicle traffic between refuge headquarters and the east gate along Sayer Bay. This section will be closed for the remainder of the 2015/16 waterfowl hunting season and may reopen pending weather conditions.
- November 26, 2012
Due to safety concerns, our observation tower will be closed to the public indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Each winter, the North American Snowy Owl
(Bubo scandiaca), migrates south to
southern Canada and the northern United States. The Snowy Owl has snow-white feathers with distinctive dark markings, a black beak,
and yellow eyes. Males tend to be whiter than
females and grow lighter with age.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2015