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Several California gulls float on the water. California gulls are primarily white with gray wings.  They have finer details of coloration distinguishing them from other gulls.

Albany County, WY   
E-mail: arapaho@fws.gov
Phone Number: 970-723-8202
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Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge has a large nesting colony of California gulls.
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Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge

Bamforth National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in the southern part of Albany County, Wyoming. The Refuge consists of 1,116 acres on three parcels of land that are interspersed with private and State land. Bamforth Lake, located at the bottom of a basin, is mostly state owned; approximately 100 acres of the total 550-acre lake bottom are owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Refuge is administered out of Arapaho NWR in Walden, CO. It has no public access. For information, contact the Arapaho NWR staff.

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Wildlife and Habitat

The two main habitats of the Refuge are greasewood/grassland upland and alkali flats and marsh and water areas.

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The Refuge was established in 1932 by Executive Order to provide breeding grounds for birds and other wildlife.

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The refuge is closed to the public.

Recreation and Education Opportunities
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Management Activities
Management programs on the Refuge include grazing and water management. The Refuge staff work cooperatively with adjacent landowners to ensure wildlife habitats are preserved and protected.