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  • 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.

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    Plan Your Visit

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

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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.

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Around the Refuge

WY Jr. Duck Winners Announced!

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Wyoming's 2018 Junior Duck Stamp Program has announced the top placing art entries from the 546 entries received for this year's contest. The best of show was awarded to Kateri Bell, age 18, of Cody, WY for her oil paint rendition of a ruddy duck, titled "Ruddy Duck." Students can also include a conservation message on their art, which summarizes what they learned through the program. Emma Waite, age 17, of Powell, WY submitted the winning conservation message “Conservation is a way we can give back to the environment and preserve it for future generations.” Both Bell's artwork and Waite's conservation message have advanced on to represent Wyoming at the 2018 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest, which takes place April 20th, 2018. Wyoming also awards a “Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award” to the younger age groups to a piece the judges feel exhibits exemplary artistic promise. This year’s award went to Tessa Davis, age 9, of Kemmerer for a watercolor of a pair of pintail drakes. Educational guides for youth, educators, home school, and non-traditional education are available through the Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program website. A full list of winners can be found through the news release below. An online gallery of the artwork will be available on our Facebook page as well.

2018 Jr Duck Stamp Winners

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

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

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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