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  • Minidoka Deer

    The Ears Have It

    Some say early miners named this deer for their ears, resembling those of their common pack animal.

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  • Nesting pelicans and gulls

    Safety in Numbers

    Nesting on a island can reduce predation from mammals and avian species.

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  • Pronghorn

    Where the Pronghorn Roam

    Fleet-footed pronghorns are the second fastest land mammal in the world, after the cheetah. Pronghorn are found in the sagebrush uplands

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  • Becker's White

    Pollination Professional

    The Becker's white butterfly of Western arid brushlands, fields, desert foothills and canyons, is one of nature's great pollinators.

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  • Great Blue Heron

    Great Blue Heron at Nest

    These long-legged birds nest in the trees at Minidoka NWR

Conservation Planning

CCP information

Use the link below to view the most current planning documents for Minidoka NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP)

planning documents

About the Complex

Southeast Idaho NWR Complex

The Southeast Idaho NWR Complex administers five units of the Refuge System: Camas, Grays Lake, Bear Lake, and Minidoka NWRs, and Oxford Slough WPA

Minidoka is managed as part of the Southeast Idaho NWR 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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American white pelicans nest in large numbers at Minidoka... look for these surprisingly graceful large birds on the islands in the river.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017
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