A flock of Canada geese land at Ouray Refuge. In spring and fall, the honking of these birds fills the air throughout the day.
The Green River meanders through Ouray Refuge and provides cover and food for many wildlife species.
If you want to see a prickly porcupine at Ouray Refuge, look up! One of the best places to see them is high up in a tree.
Northern saw-whet owl
Close-up of a northern saw-whet owl at Ouray Refuge. This tiny owl eats mice and is seldom seen.
Ouray Refuge provides important habitat for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and an occasional moose!
Wildlife sightings at Ouray Refuge
The top three most common species seen during the 12/7/16 bird count were Canada geese (3,490), mallard (2,612), and sandhill crane (1,806). We also saw Tundra swan, gadwall, northern shoveler, ruddy duck, bufflehead, lesser scaup, ring-necked duck, American coot, great blue heron, pied-billed grebe, bald eagle, northern harrier, red-tailed hawk, and American kestrel.
About the Complex
Refuges in the Lower Green River Complex include Ouray Refuge, Browns Park Refuge, and the Colorado River Wildlife Management Area.
Ouray is managed as part of the Lower Green River 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.
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What's new at Ouray Refuge
It's a great time for bird-watching at Ouray Refuge! As temperatures drop, migratory birds are starting to gather in larger numbers. Sandhill cranes and Canada geese are among the most vocal and visible birds. You can see them in the farm fields across from Refuge Headquarters, on sand bars in the Green River along the Auto Tour Road, or flying overhead on their way to or from nearby Pelican Lake. You can also see other waterfowl and water birds in Leota Bottom and Sheppard Bottom wetlands.
New hunting and fishing regulations for Ouray Refuge were recently published. For information on Refuge hunting areas, maps, and regulations download the Hunting and Fishing Regs or call Refuge staff at 435-545-2522. (Problems Printing Your Document? Download the file, place it on your desktop, then print it.). A summary is available in the Hunting section on the Visitor Activities page.2016 Ouray NWR Hunting & Fishing Regs
A segment of the 5-mile Auto Tour Road near the Green River is closed until further notice because severe erosion makes driving in the area unsafe. Visitors may walk, ride bikes, or horseback ride in this area. In addition, visitors may still access several miles of the Auto Tour Road from either end. Both pull-out areas, including the fishing deck, are open. Call the Refuge office at 435-545-2522 for more information.
Ouray Refuge provides ample habitat for shorebirds in spring, summer, and fall.
Page Photo Credits Canada geese: Copyright John Savage, Northern saw-whet owl: Dan Alonzo/USFWS, Green River: Copyright John Savage, Mule deer: Copyright John Savage, Porcupine in tree: USFWS photo, Black-necked stilt: Copyright John Savage, Auto Tour Road damage: FWS photo, Mallard drake. Copyright Linda West
Last Updated: Dec 08, 2016