Visit Your National Wildlife Refuge
There is always something to see and do at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.
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?
Summer prairies are full of the yellow and purples of sunflowers, goldenrod and blazingstar.
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
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 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.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Monarch populations have rebounded but they are still in trouble. Want to help these amazing insects? Enter your sightings at Journey North or e-butterfly.org and plant native milkweeds.Learn more
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
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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
Ruddy ducks are the clowns of prairie potholes with their bright blue bills and slapstick mating rituals and noises.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Male ruddy duck. Photo by John Jave/USFWS
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2016