Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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    Winter Visitors

    Some animals - especially birds - choose to spend winters here. Good habitat is vital to ensure their survival in rough weather.

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    Frosting

    Sideoats, a native grass, is covered in frost. Native plants provide important winter habitat for wildlife.

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    Losing Ground

    From 2006-2011 1.3 million acres of grasslands were plowed up in the midwest.

What's Happening

Birds in Winter

Cold weather is hard for us but can be even harder for wildlife if they can't find the basics of good habitat: food, water, and shelter. Consider helping out by putting up a bird feeder. Then join in the fun of the Great Backyard Bird Count.

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Saving endangered butterflies

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The US Fish & Wildlife Service has listed the Dakota skipper as threatened and the Poweshiek skipperling as an endangered species. These enigmatic butterflies require high quality native prairie - a habitat that is disappearing and underappreciated.

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Contact Us

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge 44401 134A St Waubay SD 57273 (605) 947-4521

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Conservation Easements

Opportunities for Private Landowners

Conservation easements allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to partner with willing landowners to permanently protect wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region.

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About the Complex

Waubay Complex

Waubay WMD Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Waubay Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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