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Late 2019 Refuge Conditions

Northern pintails over the Refuge (Photo by Josh Kelly)

Alert - Winter Travel Conditions Prevail at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. The recent heavy snows and falling temperatures have created winter conditions at the Refuge. Units are largely frozen over and the Auto Tour Route is in rough and slippery condition – 4WD and AWD vehicles ONLY are recommended for driving. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge’s mission is to provide necessary habitats for the provision of food and cover needed to fulfill lifecycle events such as migration, staging, feeding, and breeding of migratory bird species using the Refuge, with an emphasis on focal species and native wildlife. The Refuge conserves and enhances the wetland and upland areas to accomplish these goals. To that end, management actions strive to maximize available habitat for multiple species of migratory birds, while providing for the highest quality of recreational experiences deemed compatible such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation/photography, and environmental education and interpretation. Water, as the critical element in a wetland habitat, comes in short supply to the arid west and must be carefully managed. For more information, please call the visitor center at 435-723-5887, T-F (8a-5p) or check our Facebook page for updated information:

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Visitor Information

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The Wildlife Education Center is open Tuesday–Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM. and Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, except Federal holidays. The Auto Tour Route is open daily, sunrise to sunset throughout the year. The Auto Tour Route is a gravel road. Rain and snow may affect the road conditions. Please use caution and drive slowly. If conditions become unsafe, the Tour Route will be closed. Please contact our office 435-723-5887 for more information.

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Grazing Phragmites

Phragmites control with cattle grazing

When aligned with habitat management objectives and under the right conditions, grazing is a highly desirable management practice. Utilized at the right time, grazing can decrease undesirable plants and increase preferred plants. Habitat with a variety of plants provides food for many different bird and animal species. Grazing is an economical way to reduce phragmites and other invasive exotics in wetlands; thus, opening opportunity for preferred plants to thrive.

2019 Phragmites Management

2019 Phragmites Management

To meet management objectives, 2019 summer management actions for non-native phragmites include the drawing down of water in Units 2C & 2D.

2019 Phragmites Management
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Open House December 3, 2019

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge wishes to invite you to join us for an Open House, Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Future of the Refuge.  6:00 p.m. Socialize and Light Refreshments 6:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductory Remarks by Erin Holmes, Refuge Manager 7:00 p.m. Visit with various Refuge Staff  Located at 2155 W. Forest Street, Brigham City, UT 84302 Phone: 435-723-5887

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge wishes to invite you to join us for an Open House, Tuesday, December 3, from 6-8 pm. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the Future of the Refuge. 6pm Socialize and Light Refreshments | 6pm Welcome and Introductory Remarks by Erin Holmes, Refuge Manager | 7pm Visit with various Refuge Staff. Address: 2155 W. Forest Street, Brigham City, UT 84302 Phone: 435-723-5887

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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