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Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge

This 23,000-acre corridor of wet meadows, oxbows, sloughs, and cottonwood-willow habitats along the Green River is bounded by salt-desert shrub lands and sagebrush. Seedskadee is a Shoshone word meaning “river of the prairie hen” that refers to the striking native Sage Grouse, present here in significant numbers. Birds are a major attraction. Look for Great Blue Heron rookeries atop the taller cottonwoods. Merlins, Common Mergansers, and Sharp-shinned Hawks nest among the cottonwoods and along the river’s cliffs and clay banks. April and May are peak migration months. Breeding waterfowl include Redheads, Ruddy Ducks, Canvasbacks, Canada Geese, Ring-billed Ducks, and Lesser Scaups; shorebirds include Spotted and Stilt Sandpipers, Long-Billed Dowitchers, Marbled Godwits, and Wilson’s Phalaropes. Five species of swallow are abundant on the river ledges and banks: Violet-green, Cliff, Bank, Barn, and Tree. Common mammals include beavers, river otters, Moose, and White-tailed Deer.

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