Vision Statement

Three Ducklings

A vision statement consists of a description of the refuge setting and a concise statement of desired future conditions for the refuge.  It reflects the mission of the refuge system, the purposes for which the refuge was established and any other relevant mandates.

Marsh Scene with SwansCradled between the Maverick Springs Range and the Majestic Ruby Mountains lies the most remote national wildlfe refuge in the contiguous United States.  A hydrologic marvel, the freshwater marshes of Ruby Lake National Wildlife Refuge are born from montane snowmelt, which discharges from over 200 springs, creating a wildlife oasis in the high desert of northeastern Nevada.  Migratory waterfowl and other birds find the pristine marshes of the refuge an ideal place for nesting and raising young.  The marshes also serve as a critical stopover for birds migrating across the arid west to northern nesting areas or flying south to wintering grounds in California.  At Ruby Lake, they pause to rest and replenish precious body reserves before continuing their journey.  Over 240 species of birds use Ruby Lake NWR during the year, including the largest breeding concentration of canvasbacks in the western United States, outside of Alaska, and Nevada's only resident population of trumpeter swans. 

Sandhill Crane with ChickUpland areas provide excellent habitat for a wide variety of shrub-steppe and grassland species, such as sandhill cranes, sage grouse, and pronghorn antelope.  The Refuge exemplifies quality habitat management.  Rare native species such as the northern leopard frog, relict dace, and pygmy rabbit find a home at the Refuge, and the staff and their partners are committed to using sound science to preserve and restore ecosystem function in both the marsh and surrounding uplands.  The adjacent snow-capped Ruby Mountains provide a secure source of water; ensuring that Ruby Lake NWR functions as a key component in the greater system of refuges and natural areas, which make it possible for migratory birds and other wildlife to continue existing in a modern, human-dominated landscape.

YCC crew learning about surveyingAs they enter the area, people cannot help but notice an increase in the variety and abundance of all kinds of wildlife.  Visitors enjoy wildlife-oriented recreation, such as bird-watching, photography, fishing, and hunting, while immersed in the inspiring, rugged splendor of Nevada's Ruby Valley.  The development and delivery of educational programs fosters and appreciation for the Refuge's flora and fauna in the next generation of conservationists.  Over time, the Refuge will become a leading center for environmental education and outreach to the local community and beyond.  Visitors to Ruby Lake are awestruck by the beauty of the area, and appreciate the Refuge as a unique and remarkable resource of national significance.