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

2019-2020 Hunting Proposal - Submit Your Comments

Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge proposes opening the Refuge to hunting for white-tailed deer and elk. We are seeking public comments on this proposal from May 23 to June 21. For more information about this proposal and how to get involved click on the link below.

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Results of the Wyoming 2019 Jr Duck Stamp Rleased

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The results of the 2019 Junior Duck Stamp Competition are available. We received over 200 great entries from very talented kids from around the state. Judges narrowed it down to a top 100 pieces with nods towards some extra art that didn't place but was recognized for creativity. Read the news release below.

2019 Jr Duck Stamp Results - complete news release

Wyoming Game & Fish Release Lek Viewing Guide Website

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Spring is the only time to view sage grouse on their leks in Wyoming. Sage grouse begin their mating rituals in early March and usually wrap up lek activity by mid-May. The iconic image of the male sage grouse with tail fanned and air sacs filled can only be found in spring on or near a lek. Female grouse usually are much less conspicuous on the leks, they are there to scope out the male competition and pick out a suitable mate. Sage grouse on leks are very sensitive to disturbance, which can affect breeding success. Lek viewing ethics are very important to consider if planning to go afield this spring to glimpse the birds. The new Game and Fish Lek Viewing Guide website will help you locate a lek and will provide maps and a list of viewing ethics to abide by while observing the sage grouses' ancient ritual.

Wyoming Game and Fish Lek Viewing Guide

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
Seasons at the Refuge

Spring and Migration at Seedskadee NWR

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Spring begins as ice on the river begins to break up and melt. Winter’s grip has not gone, but we know spring is on its way when the first red-winged blackbird males return. This begins a continuous flow of different bird species into and through the refuge. Each day offers something new to be seen, especially at the visitor's center feeders. Birds are in their bright and colorful breeding plumage and the observant visitor can witness eons-old courtship rituals. Large flocks of mountain bluebirds against the background of a late spring snow is a memorable sight. Bald eagles begin laying and incubating eggs in early March and will remain on the nest through inclement weather. Some Canada geese, trumpeter swans, and mallards wintered here on open stretches of the river, new species of ducks begin to arrive in early March. Common goldeneyes and ring necked ducks arrive in numbers with aggressive courtship displays to watch. Canada geese and trumpeter swan pairs select and begin defending a nesting site from others of their kind. Next to arrive are widgeon, gadwalls, shovelers, as well as green winged, blue winged, and cinnamon teal. The last of the ducks to arrive are ruddy ducks with their electric blue bills and stiff erect tails. Shorebird migration lasts from early April through mid-May. One of the last migratory “shows” usually concludes little noticed. In May, secretive warblers move onto the Refuge to rest and feed on insects among the newly emerging leaves of narrow leaf cottonwood and other riparian vegetation. They have migrated here from some distance, a few as far as southern South America. One of the best places in Wyoming to find these warblers during spring migration is from Refuge Headquarters to the base of Fontenelle Dam.

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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