Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is located in western Sweetwater County in the U.S. state of Wyoming and includes 26,400 acres (106 km2). Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in southwestern Wyoming. The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The refuge lies along the banks of the Green River for a distance of 36 miles (56 km) and the river provides a water source for shrubs and cottonwood trees which flourish in an otherwise arid region. The refuge was established in 1965 to mitigate wildlife habitat loss resulting from the construction of Fontenelle Dam upstream and Flaming Gorge Dam downstream on the Green River.
220 species of birds have been identified on the refuge including migratory bird species that use the refuge for nesting. Trumpeter swans, Bald eagles, Sage grouse, and numerous species of ducks can be found. Dozens of species of mammals including coyote, porcupine, pronghorn, mule deer, bobcat and Moose are indigenous to the region and protected under law. A catch and release program for native fish such as the Cutthroat and Brown trout ensures protection of these less common fish species.
Flaming Gorge Dam
The Flaming Gorge Dam is a concrete thin-arch dam in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area of the Green River, a major tributary of the Colorado River, in the U.S. state of Utah. One of the largest dams in the American West, Flaming Gorge Dam forms the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, which extends 91 miles (146 km) into southern Wyoming, submerging four distinct gorges of the Green River. The dam stores water for the Colorado River Storage Project, which stores and distributes upper Colorado River Basin water. The dam's hydroelectric power plant generates 151.5 MW.
Fontenelle Dam was built between 1961 and 1964 on the Green River in southwestern Wyoming. The 139-foot (42 m) high zoned earthfill dam impounds the 345,360-acre-foot (0.42600 km3) Fontenelle Reservoir. The dam and reservoir are the central features of the Seedskadee Project of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the Fontenelle impoundment primarily as a storage reservoir for the Colorado River Storage Project.
Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is located in the U.S. state of Wyoming and includes 26,657 acres (106 km2). The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The refuge lies along a 20 mile (32 km) stretch of the Bear River, regarded as the finest Redhead duck habitat in the region. Other nesting and or migratory bird species known to inhabit the refuge include White-faced Ibis, Snowy Egret, Long-billed Curlew, Great Blue Heron, American Bittern, and the Black-crowned Night Heron. Bald and Golden eagles as well as Peregrine falcons are known to nest here during the spring and fall seasons. The refuge is considered the finest migratory bird sanctuary in the state of Wyoming.