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    Seedskadee Wildlife List

    Check out all the resident and migrant wildlife found at the Refuge.

    Seedskadee Wildlife List

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    Globally Important Bird Area

    Seedskadee has been designated a Globally Important Bird Area by the American Bird Conservancy.

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    Plan Your Visit

    All the useful links and helpful hints you need to plan a trip up to Seedskadee.

    Plan Your Visit

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Seasons at the Refuge

Spring and Migration at Seedskadee NWR

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Spring begins as ice on the river begins to break up and melt. Winter’s grip has not gone, but we know spring is on its way when the first red-winged blackbird males return. This begins a continuous flow of different bird species into and through the refuge. Each day offers something new to be seen, especially at the visitor's center feeders. Birds are in their bright and colorful breeding plumage and the observant visitor can witness eons-old courtship rituals. Large flocks of mountain bluebirds against the background of a late spring snow is a memorable sight. Bald eagles begin laying and incubating eggs in early March and will remain on the nest through inclement weather. Some Canada geese, trumpeter swans, and mallards wintered here on open stretches of the river, new species of ducks begin to arrive in early March. Common goldeneyes and ring necked ducks arrive in numbers with aggressive courtship displays to watch. Canada geese and trumpeter swan pairs select and begin defending a nesting site from others of their kind. Next to arrive are widgeon, gadwalls, shovelers, as well as green winged, blue winged, and cinnamon teal. The last of the ducks to arrive are ruddy ducks with their electric blue bills and stiff erect tails. Shorebird migration lasts from early April through mid-May. One of the last migratory “shows” usually concludes little noticed. In May, secretive warblers move onto the Refuge to rest and feed on insects among the newly emerging leaves of narrow leaf cottonwood and other riparian vegetation. They have migrated here from some distance, a few as far as southern South America. One of the best places in Wyoming to find these warblers during spring migration is from Refuge Headquarters to the base of Fontenelle Dam.

Seasons of Wildlife at Seedskadee

About the Complex

Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of two National Wildlife Refuges in southwestern Wyoming.

Seedskadee is managed as part of the Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge 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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Around the Refuge

  • Wyoming Game & Fish Release Lek Viewing Guide Website

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    Spring is the only time to view sage grouse on their leks in Wyoming. Sage grouse begin their mating rituals in early March and usually wrap up lek activity by mid-May. The iconic image of the male sage grouse with tail fanned and air sacs filled can only be found in spring on or near a lek. Female grouse usually are much less conspicuous on the leks, they are there to scope out the male competition and pick out a suitable mate. Sage grouse on leks are very sensitive to disturbance, which can affect breeding success. Lek viewing ethics are very important to consider if planning to go afield this spring to glimpse the birds. The new Game and Fish Lek Viewing Guide website will help you locate a lek and will provide maps and a list of viewing ethics to abide by while observing the sage grouses' ancient ritual.

    Wyoming Game and Fish Lek Viewing Guide
  • Seedskadee Roads Update

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    Most of the snow on and around the refuge (75%+) has melted, creating large amount of runoff which is still moving through the drainages and lower areas. We know of one washout and there could be others on roads open to the public that we have not been able to inspect yet. The entrance road and the auto tour route north of Highway 28 are passable again, however caution is warranted. There are still soft spots and deep ruts in several places. For all other public use roads, use extreme caution, as 95% of the road could be passable but 5% might be very soft and/or have a washout. Areas where a drainage or depression intersects the road likely will be the trouble spots. East River Road The public use road on the north side of the River going northwest from Highway 28 is seasonally closed from November 15th to March 15th each year. It will remain closed until we have been able to fully inspect it and make repairs. We will let you know when it has been opened. Thank you for patience and check our Facebook page for the most recent updates.

  • Songscape: with River Whyless

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    The River Whyless recently released their single "Hold Me to Ya," which was inspired by their time at Seedskadee National Wildlife refuge during July of 2016. The footage for the music video was also shot at Seedskadee. The song is the final product of a project called a Songscape, which is the brainchild of the organization called Sustain Music and Nature. Songscapes are retreats which directly partner land management agencies and musicians. Through the hospitality of host environmental organizations, artists are immersed in the beauty and history of protected lands. Bands use this retreat time to create a song inspired by the land and their experiences. The song is then donated to the host organization and used to inspire and encourage others to value these landscapes. Proceeds from song sales help support Sustain and public lands. Thank you to all of the Partners; especially band members Daniel Shearin, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters, and Ryan O'Keefe. You have freely given of your time and talent for the conservation of fish, wildlife, and their habitats. Sustain Music and Nature, Betsy Mortensen and Harrison Goodale, also deserve a special shoutout for their vision and putting all of us together. And particularly the expertise of videographer Corey Robinson, of National Geographic, who captured the magic.
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    Not only does Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge share part of our name with the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, but we also share a common goal to conserve the tremendous resource we have here on the Green River. Check their website for project updates and a link to the Seedskadee Refuge weather station for current conditions. Information on the partnership for the installation of a fish screen on the Refuge's Hamp II wetland water supply ditch can also be found through the Seedskadee TU website link below.

    Seedskadee Trout Unlimited Chapter Website
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2017
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