Upper Souris NWR provides important habitat for thousands of migratory birds. Over 250 bird species are found here, including waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and songbirds. Many mammals live on the Refuge as well.
Upper Souris NWR is one of seven sites in North Dakota that underwent extensive butterfly research.
You will find a wide variety of mammals on the Upper Souris NWR including moose, deer, fox, porcupine, ground squirrels and bats.
The great blue heron, American bittern and egret are just three of the marsh birds you may encounter while visiting the refuge.
There are nine different owl species found in North Dakota. They are migratory birds of prey found in a variety of habitats.
Hawks, eagles and falcons are raptors. Raptors are excellent predators that have strong grasping feet with sharp talons, a hooked beak and superb vision.
Frogs, snakes, salamanders and turtles inhabit all areas of the Refuge.
A variety of shorebirds frequent the mud flats and shorelines of the Upper Souris NWR.
The grasslands, meadows and marshes of the Upper Souris NWR provide excellent habitat for songbirds.
Sharp-tailed grouse, partridge and pheasant are found in the uplands of the Upper Souris NWR.
Waterfowl commonly seen nesting on or near the Upper Souris NWR include gadwalls, blue-winged teal, mallards and Canada geese.
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While Lake Darling was originally intended as a water supply reservoir for downstream refuges, it has become a productive fishery and important fall staging areas for snow geese.