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    They're Back

    The ice is finally gone and the birds are in full color and singing mode!

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    Seeing Smoke?

    Prescribed fires are used to rejuvenate grasslands.

    Fire Management

  • 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.

In the News

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 e-butterfly.org and plant native milkweeds.

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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
Things to do

Something New Every Day

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Spring is here and it's time to get outside! Birds are easier to see before the trees get their leaves and something new shows up almost every day.Grow your bird list at home or at the Refuge!

About the Complex

Waubay Complex

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge 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.

Learn more about the NWRS