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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.

Birds of the Refuge

Bird List


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

The complex includes Medicine Lake NWR, an 11,360-acre federal Wilderness Area and the Northeast Montana WMD.

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

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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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  • Wildlife Drive Closed

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    Wildlife Drive road is closed to vehicle traffic between refuge headquarters and the east gate along Sayer Bay. This section will be closed for the remainder of the 2015/16 waterfowl hunting season and may reopen pending weather conditions.

  • Observation Tower

    Observation_Tower_80x200November 26, 2012

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

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2015
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