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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 9/9/16 bird count were American coot (3,248), Canada geese (958), and gadwall (828). We also saw mallard, northern pintail, northern shoveler, American wigeon, cinnamon teal, green-winged teal, wood duck, redhead, ring-necked duck, ruddy duck, American white pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, black-crowned night heron, great egret, snowy egret, sandhill crane, white-faced ibis, Wilson's phalarope, American avocet, lesser yellowlegs, killdeer, pied-billed grebe, eared grebe, western grebe, Clark's grebe, northern harrier, American kestrel, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, Forster's tern, and ring-billed 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

  • Ouray Refuge Main Entrance Road Repaired

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    The Ouray Refuge main entrance road has been repaired and is currently open thanks to prompt assistance from the Uintah County Roads Department. Visitors are reminded that roads are still muddy in some locations, so please proceed with caution. Please contact the Refuge at 435-545-2522 if you have any questions.

  • 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.

    2016 Ouray NWR Hunting & Fishing Regs
  • Bumper Crop of Baby Grebes

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    If you want to see baby grebes, this is the time to come to Ouray Refuge! Leota Bottom has lots of eared and western grebe young. If you're lucky, you'll catch them riding on their parent's back. Also, it's a great time for wildlife viewing because of the cooler temperatures and fewer mosquitoes!

  • Portion of Auto Tour Road Closed

    Auto Tour Road damage May 2016

    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 this area. In addition, visitors may still access several miles of the Auto Tour Road from either end. Both pull-out areas, including the fishing deck, are open. Call the Refuge office at 435-545-2522 for more information.

Page Photo Credits — Canada geese: Copyright John Savage, Northern saw-whet owl: Dan Alonzo/USFWS, Green River: Copyright John Savage, Mule deer: Copyright John Savage, Porcupine in tree: USFWS photo, Black-necked stilt: Copyright John Savage, Auto Tour Road damage: FWS photo, Summer Field Trip to Ouray Refuge: FWS photo, Western grebe with young:  Copyright John Savage, American coots: copyright Linda West
Last Updated: Sep 30, 2016
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