In the distance the Wind River Mountain Range to the north and the Wyoming Range to the west provide the snowmelt that sustains the Green River which flows through Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. The Green River is an oasis that bisects the high desert sagebrush steppe of southwest Wyoming. Surrounding sagebrush steppe is nearly a desert with an average of 4-8" of annual precipitation. The river corridor is vital for more than 300 species of resident and migrant wildlife, ranging from moose, pronghorn, elk, sage grouse, trumpeter swans, Wilsons warblers, bitterns to short horned lizards, kokanee salmon and cutthroat trout. The abundant open space allows the refuge to offer a number of public recreation opportunities.
Draft Compatibility Determination for Prescribed Grazing

Available for comment is the draft revision of Seedskadee's compatibility determination for prescribed grazing. Email any comments, questions or concerns to: or  

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Seedskadee provides numerous recreation opportunities to hundreds of visitors every year. People enjoy viewing the unique scenery and diverse wildlife, whether boating, driving, horseback riding, bird/wildlife watching, photographing, hiking, hunting, fishing, or taking part in historical interpretation or a field trip with their school. Regulation of recreation activities allow for public enjoyment of the Refuge while still protecting the wildlife and habitats found on the unique landscape along the Green River in southwestern Wyoming's sagebrush sagebrush
The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. The sagebrush landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species.

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Location and Contact Information

      Fontenelle Dam Releases and Green River Flows

      Check the US Bureau of Reclamation's website for the latest information on inflows and releases from Fontenelle Dam.

      The US Geological Survey maintains a gauge station just below Fontenelle Dam and upstream of the refuge.  Water temperature, as well as, current flows can be viewed.

      Our Species

      Trumpeter swan and young swimming in Pablo day use pond

      The trumpeter swan is a majestic bird, with snowy white feathers; jet-black bill, feet, and legs; and 8-foot wingspan. At close range, a thin orange-red line can be seen on the lower part of the bill. The trumpeter is often confused with the smaller, more northerly tundra swan, especially where...

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      Two large, ornate birds with pointed fail features, large white breast on a dry grassland with mountains in the distance

      The Greater Sage-Grouse is a large grouse with a chunky, round body, small head, and long tail. Males change shape dramatically when they display, becoming almost spherical as they puff up their chest, droop their wings, and fan their tail into a starburst. Sage-Grouse are mottled gray-brown...

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      Sage Thrashers, the smallest of the thrashers, have pale yellow eyes, gray back, streaked breast, wing bars and white tail corners.

      References cited in Species Profile Alcorn, J. R. 1988. The birds of Nevada. Fairview West Publ. Fallon, NV. Blood, D. A. 1995. Wildlife in...

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      Bald eagle up close with wing raised

      A large raptor, the bald eagle has a wingspread of about seven feet. Adults have a dark brown body and wings, white head and tail, and a yellow beak. Juveniles are mostly brown with white mottling on the body, tail, and undersides of wings. Adult plumage usually is obtained by the sixth year. In...

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      A fish in hand with dark circular spots along it's side

      The Bonneville cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki utah) is a subspecies of Cutthroat trout that once inhabited the Late Pleistocene-aged Lake Bonneville of Utah, eastern Nevada, and Southern Idaho (USA). Since the desiccation of Lake Bonneville into Great Salt Lake which is too salty for any...

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