• Shorebirds

    On the Move

    As the days get shorter, wildlife start to feed in earnest to pack on the calories for moving on.

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    Fall is for Hiking

    Fewer bugs and lots of color make fall the ideal time to take a hike.

  • A mix of photos of birds, people, and wildlife at Waubay NWR. Photos by L. Hubers/USFWS

    Visit Your National Wildlife Refuge

    There is always something to see and do at Waubay National Wildlife Refuge.

In the News

Grant Co. highway widening project

A Compatibility Determination (CD) is out for public review and comment. The CD is for expanding the road Right of Way from 100' to 150' along a 9 mile stretch of SD 15. Comments will be accepted for 14 calendar days from 9/6/19.

Highway 15 Compatibility Determination

Hunting on the Refuge

Deer hunting seasons start September 1 and run through December 31. Information can be found on the Rules and Regulations page.

Rules and Regulations

Monarchs - Butterfly Royalty

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Monarch populations have rebounded but they are still in trouble. Want to help these amazing insects? Enter your sightings at Journey North or e-butterfly.org and plant native milkweeds.

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What's the Buzz?

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Bees and other pollinators are declining due to habitat loss and pesticide use. Help monitor these fascinating flying bugs by grabbing your phone or camera and joining Bumble Bee Watch.

Bumble Bee Watch
Things to do

Fall Migration

Even though it still seems like summer, migration is already underway. Shorebirds traveling from breeding grounds in Canada have started to move south. Ducks and geese start grouping up and blue-winged teal will be the first to head out in September. Although the fall migration is generally not as spectacular as spring migration can be, it is still interesting to see what is on the move and to watch for stragglers.

About the Complex

Waubay Complex

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Waubay Complex.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS