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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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    Green River

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

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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!

Wildlife sightings at Ouray Refuge

Bird Survey at Ouray Refuge

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The top three most common species seen during the 4/13/17 bird count were American coots (1,822), gadwall (369), and northern shoveller (191). We also saw green-winged teal, cinnamon teal, ruddy ducks, great blue heron, double-crested cormorant, American white pelican, black-crowned night heron, osprey, cooper's hawk, and Franklin's gull.

About the Complex

Lower Green River Complex

Refuges in the Lower Green River Complex include Ouray Refuge, Browns Park Refuge, and the Colorado River Wildlife Management Area.

Ouray is managed as part of the Lower Green River 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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What's new at Ouray Refuge

  • Portion of Auto Tour Road Closed

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    A segment of the 5-mile Auto Tour Road near the Green River is closed until further notice because severe erosion makes driving in the area unsafe. Visitors may walk, ride bikes, or horseback ride in portions of this area. Road construction and repairs are currently underway in Sheppard Bottom. Road closure signs will be posted restricting vehicle access for public safety until further notice. Call the Refuge office at 435-545-2522 for more information.

  • New Hunting and Fishing Regulations for Ouray Refuge

    New hunting and fishing regulations for Ouray Refuge were recently published. For information on Refuge hunting areas, maps, and regulations download the Hunting and Fishing Regs 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.

    2017 Ouray NWR Hunting & Fishing Regs
Page Photo Credits — Canada geese: Copyright John Savage, Green River scene: Copyright John Savage, Porcupine in tree: USFWS photo, Northern saw-whet owl: Dan Alonzo/USFWS, Mule deer: Copyright John Savage, American coots: copyright Linda West, Sandhill cranes: copyright Tom Howells, Road Repairs at Sheppard Bottom: USFWS Photo, Black-necked stilt: Copyright John Savage
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017
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