• 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.

    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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Around the Refuge

Nature education workshop for educators provides quality professional development opportunity

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KEMMERER- Audubon of the Rockies, Hawk Watch, Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department are teaming up to offer a workshop offering instruction in Project WILD, Wild about Elk, Aquatic WILD and Flying WILD for formal and non-formal educators. This fun, hands-on workshop is being held at the Kemmerer Junior/Senior High School, Saturday, September 29, and at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, September 30, (via car pool). Saturday’s class is 8:30 am to 5 pm and Sunday’s class is 8 am to 1 pm. Lunch is provided on Saturday, but please bring a sack lunch on Sunday. Thanks to a grant from the Southwest Sage Grouse Working Group, the cost for the workshop is only $40 and includes four curriculum guides, activity materials, and snacks. Educators attending this workshop will earn one hour of Professional Teaching Standards Board (PTSB) credit, free of charge. Deadline to apply for the workshop is September 21. Project WILD is a national award-winning resource and environmental education curricula focusing on wildlife. The inquiry-based curriculum meets NGSS and STEM for science, social studies, and language arts, are cross-curricular, and adaptable for grades K-12. There will be opportunities at this workshop to network with fellow educators and local professionals. On September 29, participants will go through various activities from each curriculum and learn how to implement the activities in the classroom and into their curriculum. On September 30 (day 2), participants will car pool and use more of the activities in the setting of Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge. There will also be a live bird presentation on day 1. Workshop participants are advised to wear comfortable shoes, as the workshop is guaranteed to be non-stop and action-packed, with outside and indoor activities. For more information and to register for the workshop contact Katie Theule at 307-413-8157 or Lucy Wold at 307-875-3223.


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

WY Game & Fish Release Wyoming's Wetlands Web Resource


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.

Seasons at the Refuge

Fall & Migration

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Trumpeter swan cygnets have grown through the summer and by September begin to make their first attempts to fly. Common nighthawk numbers begin to build along the river. At dusk in early September, the sky appears to be full of nighthawks and then one day they are all gone, further south on their migration out of Wyoming and the north. Kokanee salmon and brown trout move onto the Refuge to spawn. Large “redds” of kokanee salmon can be seen in October, actually seeming to turn the river red is places, as they have changed into their red spawning colors. Concentrations of bald eagles arrive to catch salmon for the fall feast. As wetlands at higher elevations begin to freeze for the winter, ducks, mergansers, geese, and trumpeter swans begin to arrive in larger concentrations. The rut or breeding season for pronghorn, mule deer, moose, and elk occurs during the fall, and large males of each species may be seen challenging each other for dominance.

Seasons of Wildlife

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


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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