J. Clark Salyer NWR provides important habitat for thousands of migratory birds. Over 250 bird species are found here, including waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds. The Refuge is designated as a Globally Important Bird Area and is a regional site in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.
Waterfowl commonly seen nesting on or near the Refuge wetlands include gadwalls, blue-winged teal, mallards, and Canada geese. Other water-dependent birds include American white pelicans, western and eared grebes, white-faced ibis, and black terns. Upland habitat is home to Sprague's pipits, Baird's and LeConte's sparrows, and upand sandpipers, along with sharp-tailed grouse, ring-necked pheasants, gray partridges, ruffed grouse, and wild turkeys.
To learn more about birds on our Refuge, please visit the Wildlife and Habitat page.
For a checklist of common birds in our area, please refer to our Along the Souris River Loop Bird List.
To experience the drumming and dancing of sharp-tailed grouse from our grouse blind, please contact us to inquire about reservations.
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25 species of ducks use the Refuge habitat, including 4 species that are rare visitors and 16 species that breed here.