Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
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  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


News

Draft EA & Habitat Management Plan Open for Public Comment

June 29, 2020

UPDATE: Due to technical issues with the website, the comment period is extended through July 5, 2020. A new, draft Habitat Management Plan and environmental assessment were released on May 28, 2020 and are currently open for 30-day public comment through June 28, 2020.

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Current Conditions

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In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily closing the Wildlife Education Center. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and you -- our friends and neighbors. We will continue to monitor the situation and all relevant guidance and will resume Wildlife Education Center operations when it is prudent to do so. The Auto Tour Route and Wetland Wonders trail will continue to be open sunrise to sunset. The Marsh Meander trail or unpaved trail at the Wildlife Education Center is temporarily closed for improvements.

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Grazing Phragmites

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When aligned with habitat management objectives and under the right conditions, grazing is a highly desirable management practice. Utilized at the right time, grazing can decrease undesirable plants and increase preferred plants. Habitat with a variety of plants provides food for many different bird and animal species. Grazing is an economical way to reduce phragmites and other invasive exotics in wetlands; thus, opening opportunity for preferred plants to thrive.

2019 Phragmites Management
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Volunteers

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Volunteers play an instrumental role in a wide range positions at the refuge, from welcoming/orienting visitors to the Refuge at the front desk, hosting interpretive/education events, to assisting in biological surveys. Volunteers work together to meet every challenge to increase environmental awareness. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is a great place to share talents, learn about the Refuge, and connect to an extraordinary conservation community!

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Refuge Mission

Refuge Mission

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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge’s mission is to provide necessary habitats for the provision of food and cover needed to fulfill lifecycle events such as migration, staging, feeding, and breeding of migratory bird species using the Refuge, with an emphasis on focal species and native wildlife. The Refuge conserves and enhances the wetland and upland areas to accomplish these goals. To that end, management actions strive to maximize available habitat for multiple species of migratory birds, while providing for the highest quality of recreational experiences deemed compatible such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation/photography, and environmental education and interpretation. Water, as the critical element in a wetland habitat, comes in short supply to the arid west and must be carefully managed.

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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