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    Canada geese

    A flock of Canada geese land at Ouray Refuge. In spring and fall, the honking of these birds fills the air throughout the day.

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    If you want to see a prickly porcupine at Ouray Refuge, look up! One of the best places to see them is high up in a tree.

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    Northern saw-whet owl

    Close-up of a northern saw-whet owl at Ouray Refuge. This tiny owl eats mice and is seldom seen.

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    Mule deer

    Ouray Refuge provides important habitat for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and an occasional moose!

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    Green River

    The Green River meanders through Ouray Refuge and provides cover and food for many wildlife species.

What's new at Ouray Refuge

Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA), for Public Review

May 17, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ouray NWR, is posting a draft, Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA), for public review. This SEA tiers off of the 2015 Thurston Energy LLC, Two Well Proposal EA and FONSI and was prepared to evaluate modifications proposed by the project proponent. The document is open for public comment until June 17, 2019.

Read the Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Shed antler hunting is not allowed

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Please Be Aware! Shed antler hunting is not allowed on the Refuge. Collection of animal parts, plants, historic artifacts, fossils, minerals, etc. is illegal. If you find anything, please leave it for other visitors to see. For more information call our office at 435-545-2522 or email us at ouray@fws.gov.

Wildlife Watching at Ouray Refuge

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It's a great time to visit Ouray Refuge, where you can see large flocks of red-winged blackbirds, Canada geese, mallards, and sandhill cranes in the wetland areas and the Green River. Watch for large groups of geese and cranes on the Green River sandbars as you drive on the Auto Tour Route. You can also see small groups of mule deer moving through the trees near the Green River, and herds of pronghorn on the bluffs.

Hunting and Fishing Regulations for Ouray Refuge

Hunting and fishing regulations for Ouray Refuge. For information on Refuge hunting areas, maps, and regulations click the link below or call Refuge staff at 435-545-2522. (Problems Printing Your Document? Download the file, place it on your desktop, then print it.). A summary is available in the Hunting section on the Visitor Activities page.

Ouray NWR Hunting & Fishing Regulations
Wildlife Sightings at Ouray Refuge

How Many Porcupines Can You See?

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What's that dark shape in the tops of trees near the Green River? A bird nest? A clump of leaves? A hornet nest? Chances are it's a porcupine! Many people are surprised to see these animals perched high in the trees on small branches where they eat the bark, stems, leaves, and buds. We had a recent report from a person who saw 20 porcupines in 1 day! While the trees are bare, it's a great time to search for these animals. How many can you count?

About the Complex

Lower Green River Complex

Ouray National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lower Green River Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS