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Ouray National Wildlife Refuge
Ouray National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in the desert of northeastern Utah; it receives less than 7 inches of precipitation annually. The Green River brings water down from the mountains of Wyoming and through the Refuge, attracting thousands of waterfowl and other birds to this otherwise...
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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Description: Historically, the marshes of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (MBR) have been an oasis for water birds. This oasis is surrounded by arid desert lands. As a key part of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, the Refuge provides habitat for more than 200 bird species, making it a popular birding hotspot in northern Utah.

Wildlife to Watch: In spring, summer, and fall, visitors can view American avocets, black-necked stilts, white-faced ibis, and a host of other species.

Visitors are invited to drive or bicycle the 12-mile long auto tour route looping around a large water impoundment, which teems with waterfowl, marsh birds, and water birds. Viewing decks are strategically placed to aid in observation of Refuge wildlife. Photography blinds are available by contacting the Refuge staff prior to your visit.

Special Tips: A new wildlife education center is located along Forest Street just one block west of the Interstate. Begin your refuge experience there!

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 41,000 acres 
Closest Town: Brigham City

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American Avocet - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The Refuge is located approximately 50 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah. It can be reached from Interstate 15 by taking the Forest Street exit at Brigham City and driving west 13 miles.

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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area