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  • Digging Musk Thistle

    Managing Against Weeds

    Visiting the Refuge June/July, you have probably seen staff and volunteers physically removing Houndstongue and Musk Thistle.

    Refuge "Weeds" webpage

  • Entrance Drive Restoration 218x116

    Grassland Habitat Restoration

    Using agricultural methods to defeat invasive weeds and reestablish native grasses.


  • Image of 2016-17 Federal Duck Stamp by Joseph Hautman

    Put Your Stamp on Conservation

    Support habitat conservation by buying Federal Duck Stamp - one of the most successful conservation tools ever.

    Federal Duck Stamp website

  • Bitterroot River 218x116

    Bitterroot River Flooding

    The river corridor is beautiful, but also the mechanism for creating terrestrial plant, animal life.

    Bitterroot River and Riparian Forest

  • Refuge Montage

    Refuge Montage

    The Refuge is immersed in aesthetics and beauty of Bitterroot Valley; our Flickr site has great photos.

    Refuge Flickr Account - Photo Set

Refuge Namesake - Lee Metcalf

Senator Lee Metcalf

Photo of dedication stone honoring Lee Metcalf

The Refuge was renamed from Ravalli to Lee Metcalf NWR on August 16,1978, in honor of a public servant committed to conservation.

Lee Metcalf

Meet Us...Take a Virtual Auto Tour

Virtual Auto Tour via Google Street View

Photo of road entrance to Headquarters from Wildfowl Lane

Experience a 360 panorama traveling along Wildfowl Lane starting at entrance to Refuge Offices.

Google Street View of Refuge via Wildfowl Lane

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.

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News and Happenings

Last Updated: Apr 26, 2017


  • Bird Walk

    Birders Scanning for WaterfowlMarch 15, 2014

    Learn how to identify birds (and whatever else we encounter) using binoculars and field guides-3rd Saturday of every month

    Bird Walk
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