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    If you think it's cold...

    Winter can be extremely difficult for all kinds of animals. Making sure there is good winter cover is vital for their survival.

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    Ice Fishing

    This cold weather has been great for making ice. Dress warm and come out and catch a big one!

  • 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

Need some meaning and some money?

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Waubay NWR is accepting applications for the Youth Conservation Corp program. Youths must be between 16 and 18 years old during the work period from May 28 to Aug 1. We are looking for a team of 3 to work 32 hours per week (Mon. - Thurs.). No experience is necessary - just a willingness and interest in working to benefit our natural resources. Applications are due by noon on April 12, 2019.

YCC application form

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

Enter the Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

Cabin fever making your kids crazy? Check out the Jr. Duck Stamp Contest and set your budding artists to work.

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About the Complex

Waubay Complex

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

Learn more about the NWRS