Features

  • Are Wetlands Useful?

    A recent Ask Game & Fish question, "Do wetlands have economic value?" See what Biologist Steve Tessman said about the value of WY wetlands.

    Ask Game and Fish archive

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    Plan Your Visit

    All the useful links and helpful hints you need to plan a trip up to Seedskadee.

    Plan Your Visit

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    Seedskadee Wildlife List

    Check out all the resident and migrant wildlife found at the Refuge.

    Seedskadee Wildlife List

  • Green River Flows below Fontenelle Dam

    Updates and links to current Green River flows just below Fontenelle Dam, 7 river miles upstream of the Refuge.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Have a burning question and no one will answer their phone? We hope our Frequently Asked Questions page will solve your problem.

    Frequently Asked Questions

Around the Refuge

Entering the WY Jr. Duck Stamp Competition?

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Now is the perfect time to begin planning to use the Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program curriculums to help your K-12 students or kids create their entries for the WY Jr Duck Stamp Design Competition. The curriculum touches on waterfowl biology, unique traits of birds, the importance of wetlands and habitat for waterfowl. Entries need to be a student's original artwork of a native North American waterfowl, on a 9x12 paper, horizontal orientation, without writing on the front and have an entry form attached. Entries need to be postmarked by March 15, 2018 and mailed to Seedskadee NWR, where a panel of five judges will rank each age group and award prizes to the top 100 artworks for the state. The overall Best of Show will advance to the national Jr. Duck Stamp Competition. To see all requirements or download copies of the curriculums, rules or brochures use the link below.

WY Jr Duck

Winter Wildlife Viewing

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Cold and snow sends our fair-weather refuge inhabitants south, but the crispy winter weather also brings new visitors or concentrates some resident wildlife on or near Seedskadee. Trumpeter swans gather on the stretches of the Green that have open water below Fontenelle, up to 300 in January. Pronghorn, golden and bald eagle numbers also swell in the colder winter months. Winter migrants include goldeneye ducks and rough-legged hawks. The lucky or persistent person may get to see river otters and/or short-eared or great horned owls as well. Winter conditions will vary, only roads near headquarters will be maintained during the winter months, other open two-tracks will only be passable if conditions allow. Be aware of changing conditions, weather forecasts and, most importantly, be prepared. Have an emergency kit in your vehicle for just in case and call ahead to see what conditions may be, 307-875-2187 x16, x19, x23 and x15 are the staff extensions who are most often near their phones, if you don't get anyone press *8 to try another extension.

Winter Emergency Preparedness Car Kit Suggestion List

WY Game & Fish Release Wyoming's Wetlands Web Resource

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A new interactive, photo-filled website provides a great resource for all people interested in Wyoming's wetlands. Educators will find useful resources explaining the importance of and services provided by wetlands; private landowners can access links to helpful professionals or sources for management information; wetland wildlife enthusiasts can find links to new articles or the latest research, conservation plans and priorities; and recreationalists will find maps with public access information. Or if you just enjoy pretty pictures of Wyoming's wetlands and wildlife it's worth visiting for that too.

WY Game & Fish's Wetland Habitat Resources

Songscape: with River Whyless

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The River Whyless recently released their single "Hold Me to Ya," which was inspired by their time at Seedskadee National Wildlife refuge during July of 2016. The footage for the music video was also shot at Seedskadee. The song is the final product of a project called a Songscape, which is the brainchild of the organization called Sustain Music and Nature. Songscapes are retreats which directly partner land management agencies and musicians. Through the hospitality of host environmental organizations, artists are immersed in the beauty and history of protected lands. Bands use this retreat time to create a song inspired by the land and their experiences. The song is then donated to the host organization and used to inspire and encourage others to value these landscapes. Proceeds from song sales help support Sustain and public lands. Thank you to all of the Partners; especially band members Daniel Shearin, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters, and Ryan O'Keefe. You have freely given of your time and talent for the conservation of fish, wildlife, and their habitats. Sustain Music and Nature, Betsy Mortensen and Harrison Goodale, also deserve a special shoutout for their vision and putting all of us together. And particularly the expertise of videographer Corey Robinson, of National Geographic, who captured the magic.

http://www.sustainmusicandnature.org/songscape-seedskadee-nwr/
Seasons at the Refuge

Winter Residents and Visitors at Seedskadee NWR

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Some previously uncommon species of migratory birds move onto the Refuge for the winter. Large numbers of rough legged hawks arrive from the arctic region and spend the winter hunting the wetland and riverine habitats. Trumpeter swan numbers may increase to over 250 birds, as they move onto the Refuge from areas that become frozen over at the height of winter. In most years, the Green River stays open from Highway 28 north to Fontenelle Dam, allowing some waterfowl to winter here as well. Winter is a hard time for the wildlife who remain here, with limited food supplies and often harsh weather. A few of the Refuges roads are closed to vehicles during the winter to limit disturbance and stress to wildlife during this critical time of year.

Seasons of Wildlife at Seedskadee

About the Complex

Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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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