A flock of Canada geese land at Ouray Refuge. In spring and fall, the honking of these birds fills the air throughout the day.
The Green River meanders through Ouray Refuge and provides cover and food for many wildlife species.
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.
Northern saw-whet owl
Close-up of a northern saw-whet owl at Ouray Refuge. This tiny owl eats mice and is seldom seen.
Ouray Refuge provides important habitat for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and an occasional moose!
Wildlife sightings at Ouray Refuge
The top three most common species seen during the 6/27/16 bird count were American coot (466), Canada geese (283), and cinnamon teal (135). We also saw mallard, gadwall, northern pintail, northern shoveler, American wigeon, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, redhead, canvasback, ring-necked duck, ruddy duck, sandhill crane, American white pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, black-crowned night heron, snowy egret, great egret, white-faced ibis, Wilson's phalarope, black-necked stilt, American avocet, killdeer, spotted sandpiper, pied-billed grebe, eared grebe, western grebe, American kestrel, bald eagle, great horned owl, Forster's tern, and Caspian tern.
About the 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.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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
What's new at Ouray Refuge
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.
In early June, the Uintah County (Utah) Travel & Tourism Director and Refuge staff welcomed an enthusiastic group of local visitors to Ouray National Wildlife Refuge as part of Uintah County’s weekly Summer Field Trip series. People assembled at Refuge Headquarters for a brief orientation, and then set out to explore the area. Refuge staff hosted several stations around the Refuge, including a wildlife skin and skull “touch table,” wetland bird identification, a Monarch migration game, and wetland restoration and management. The Ouray National Fish Hatchery also participated in the event, and welcomed visitors to their facility to see the endangered fish being raised there. Kids of all ages eagerly took home Refuge System coloring books, Refuge posters, pollinator bookmarks, and bald eagle tattoos.
A visit to Ouray Refuge in summer is a treat for your ears as well as your eyes! The melodious notes of western meadowlarks fill the air, especially in early morning and late afternoon. The twitter of American goldfinches, the trill of red-winged blackbirds, and the buzzing of hummingbirds as they perform their aerial displays add to the symphony of sound. Come listen!
Ouray Refuge provides ample habitat for shorebirds in spring, summer, and fall.
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, Western meadowlark: Copyright Linda West, Auto Tour Road damage: FWS photo, Summer Field Trip to Ouray Refuge: FWS photo, Wood duck female with young: FWS photo, Cinnamon teal male: copyright Linda West
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2016