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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.

    Wyoming's Globally Important Bird Areas

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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

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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Seasons at the Refuge

Winter Residents and Visitors at Seedskadee NWR

Pronghorn antelope in winter on sagebrush steppe in WY

Some previously uncommon species of migratory birds move onto the Refuge for the winter. Large numbers of rough legged hawks arrive from the arctic region and spend the winter hunting the wetland and riverine habitats. Trumpeter swan numbers may increase to over 250 birds, as they move onto the Refuge from areas that become frozen over at the height of winter. In most years, the Green River stays open from Highway 28 north to Fontenelle Dam, allowing some waterfowl to winter here as well. Winter is a hard time for the wildlife who remain here, with limited food supplies and often harsh weather. A few of the Refuges roads are closed to vehicles during the winter to limit disturbance and stress to wildlife during this critical time of year.

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

  • Songscape: with River Whyless

    Songscape_w/RiverWhyless_180x180January 27, 2017

    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.
  • WY Jr. Duck Winners Announced!

    2016JDS-Schupp-img_5069-119x180April 18, 2016

    Wyoming's 2016 Junior Duck Stamp Program has announced the top placing art entries from the 500 total entries received for this year's contest. The best of show was awarded to Bailey Schupp, age 15, of Pinedale, WY for her oil painting of a harlequin, titled "Symphony of Blues." Students can also include a conservation message on their art, which summarizes what they learned through the program. Jesse Erickson, age 16, of Powell, WY submitted the winning conservation message “Conserving wetlands and wildlife habitats is crucial not only for the wildlife, but also for future generations of people.” Both Ms. Schupp's artwork and Mr. Erickson's conservation message have advanced on to represent Wyoming at the 2016 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which takes place April, 22nd. Wyoming also awards a “Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award” to the younger age groups for K – 3rd grades to a piece the judges feel exhibits exemplary artistic promise. This year’s award went to Tori Linger, age 7, of Wilson for a watercolor pencil rendition of a mallard titled "nice sunny day." Educational guides for youth, educators, home school, and non-traditional education are available through the Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program website.

    2016 Jr Duck Stamp Winners
  • Wyoming Student Wins National Jr Duck Stamp Competition

    15-JDS-Kneeland-180x115April 17, 2015

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced a pair of wood ducks was selected to appear on the 2015-2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, painted by 17-year-old Andrew Kneeland of Rock Springs, Wyo., was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. The acrylic entry, which won the Wyoming State Junior Duck Stamp Contest, was judged the winner among best-of-show entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, a total of more than 24,000 entries were submitted to the 53 state Junior Duck Stamp contests. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.
  • Seedskadee Trout Unlimited Chapter #533

    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: Feb 07, 2017
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