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  • A mix of photos of birds, people, and wildlife at Waubay NWR. Photos by L. Hubers/USFWS

    Visit Your National Wildlife Refuge

    There is always something to see and do at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.

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    Butterfly Hunting

    South Dakota is home to 177 species of butterflies. Most can be seen in June, July, or August. How many can you find and identify?

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    Prairie Beauties

    Summer prairies are full of the yellow and purples of sunflowers, goldenrod and blazingstar.

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    Summer is for Babies

    Everywhere you look there are babies. If you find a nest or young do not disturb - mom is probably nearby.

Things to do

Fall Migration

Even though it still seems like summer, migration is already underway. Shorebirds traveling from breeding grounds in Canada have started to move south. Ducks and geese start grouping up and blue-winged teal will be the first to head out in September. Although the fall migration is generally not as spectacular as spring migration can be, it is still interesting to see what is on the move and to watch for stragglers.

About the Complex

Waubay Complex

Waubay Complex includes Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, Waubay Wetland Management District and Dakota Tallgrass Prairie Wildlife Management Area

Waubay is managed as part of the Waubay 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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What's Happening

  • Monarchs - Butterfly Royalty

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    Monarch populations have rebounded but they are still in trouble. Want to help these amazing insects? Enter your sightings at Journey North or and plant native milkweeds.

    Learn more
  • What's the Buzz?

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    Bees and other pollinators are declining due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Help monitor these fascinating flying bugs by grabbing your phone or camera and joining Bumble Bee Watch.

    Bumble Bee Watch
  • A Sense of Wonder

    April 19, 2013

    Kelly Prehiem, a kindergarten teacher from Armour, SD, writes about her efforts using birds to teach her students about the world around us.

    Getting Kids Hooked on Birds
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Male ruddy duck. Photo by John Jave/USFWS
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016
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