Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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    A Success Story!

    A prairie falcon delivered by refuge staff to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center with a broken leg and wing was released on November 1.

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    Weary Traveler....

    A Blue-winged Teal banded on the refuge in August 2011 was found in Haiti November 2012.

News

Observation Tower

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Due to safety concerns, our observation tower will be closed to the public indefinitely. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Birds of the Refuge

Bird List

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Designated a Globally Important Bird Area in the United States by the American Bird Conservancy, the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge bird list includes 283 species seen in the area since the Refuge was established.

Medicine Lake NWR Bird List (214KB PDF)

About the Complex

Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS