Bird Watching

A Coopers Hawk perched in a tree.

Over 250 bird species are found at J. Clark Salyer NWR.

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.