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Charles M. Russell

National Wildlife Refuge - Montana

The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge surrounds Fort Peck Reservoir in northeast Montana. There are four major types of habitat within the refuge: river bottom, riparian zones and wetlands, shoreline, and upland (including forested coulees and prairie). The largest population of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis) outside the Rocky Mountains lives within the refuge.

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Fort Peck Vicinity Map of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Charles M. Russell - Fort Peck

Fort Peck Vicinity Map of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

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Highway Map of Montana. Published by the Montana Department of Transportation.

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Map of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Charles M. Russell - Map

Map of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Detail Map of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Charles M. Russell - Map Detail

Detail Map of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Guide Map West of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Charles M. Russell - Guide Map West

Guide Map West of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Guide Map East of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Charles M. Russell - Guide Map East

Guide Map East of Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Birds at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).Charles M. Russell - Birds

Birds at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Montana. Published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Charles M. Russell NWR https://www.fws.gov/refuge/charles_m_russell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_M._Russell_National_Wildlife_Refuge The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge surrounds Fort Peck Reservoir in northeast Montana. There are four major types of habitat within the refuge: river bottom, riparian zones and wetlands, shoreline, and upland (including forested coulees and prairie). The largest population of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis) outside the Rocky Mountains lives within the refuge.
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife List Welcome This goose, designed by J.N. “Ding” Darling, is the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Missouri River and scenic Fort Peck Reservoir in Central Montana, is a 1.1 million-acre Refuge that contains native prairie, forested coulees, river bottoms, badlands, and the 250,000-acre Fort Peck Reservoir. Refuge wildlife include mule and white-tailed deer, elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, coyote, bobcat, beaver, sharp-tailed grouse, and many species of migratory birds. Common songbirds in spring and summer are the western meadowlark, vesper sparrow, yellow warbler, and lark bunting. Popular shorebirds include the upland sandpiper, long-billed curlew, and mountain plover. Thousands of mourning doves nest on the Refuge. Bald eagles are quite common near the east end of the Refuge during winter and early spring. “vagrants” have been observed only a few times on the Refuge. Please report any additional sightings of vagrants to the Refuge staff. Seasons of Occurrence Sp S F W Spring (March-May) Summer (June-July) Fall (August-November) Winter (December-February) Seasonal Abundance a c u o r v abundant, common species, very numerous common, certain to be seen in suitable habitat uncommon, present, but not certain to be seen occasional, seen only a few times during a season rare, seen once a year or less vagrant, less than five sightings on the Refuge • Other Codes Species known to nest on the Refuge An Auto Tour Route near the west end of the Refuge offers good access to bird watching areas. Most of the Refuge offers bird watching opportunities, but many of the roads and trails become impassable during inclement weather. Visitors should take special precautions when entering remote areas of the Refuge. About this Checklist The 276 species of birds listed in this leaflet have all been observed on or near the Refuge according to the latest edition of Montana Bird Distribution and local bird watchers. All species names are in accordance with the A.O.U. Checklist of North American Birds, 7th edition, 1998, and 42nd supplement (2000) to the checklist. For clarity, some of the former names are shown in parentheses. Those species listed as Sharp-tail grouse Common Bird Name Sp S F Loons Red-throated Loon Pacific Loon Common Loon c u Yellow-billed Loon v r u v Grebes • Pied-billed Grebe Horned Grebe Red-necked Grebe • Eared Grebe • Western Grebe Clark’s Grebe c c c u u r c c c c c c u u u Pelicans American White Pelican c c c Cormorants • Double-crested Cormorant c c c Bitterns, Herons, and Egrets • American Bittern u u u • Great Blue Heron c c c Snowy Egret r Little Blue Heron v Black-crowned Night-Heron c o Ibises and Spoonbills White-faced Ibis r New World Vultures Turkey Vulture o W Common Bird Name Sp S F • Redhead c u c Ring-necked Duck o o • Lesser Scaup c u c Surf Scoter o White-winged Scoter r r Black Scoter Long-tailed Duck (formerly Oldsquaw) r Bufflehead c u c Common Goldeneye c u c Barrow’s Goldeneye o o Hooded Merganser u u • Common Merganser c u c Red-breasted Merganser c o o • Ruddy Duck c u c r Osprey, Kites, Hawks, and Eagles • Osprey Bald Eagle • Northern Harrier • Sharp-shinned Hawk • Cooper’s Hawk Northern Goshawk Broad-winged Hawk • Swainson’s Hawk • Red-tailed Hawk • Ferruginous Hawk Rough-legged Hawk • Golden Eagle c c c c a u u o o o r c c a c o u c c c u u c u o o r c a o c c W v o c r c c o c c Falcons and Caracaras • American Kestrel c a c o • Merlin u r u o Gyrfalcon r Peregrine Falcon r r r • Prairie Falcon u u u o Swans, Geese, and Ducks Greater White-fronted Goose o o Snow Goose u u Gallinaceous Birds Ross’ Goose r r • Gray Partridge (introduced) • Canada c c c Goose c c c o • Ring-necked Pheasant (introduced) c c c Tundra Swan o o • Greater Sage-Grouse • Wood Duck c c c o o o • Sharp-tailed Grouse • Gadwall c c c c c c` • Wild Turkey • American Wigeon u u u c c c American Black Duck r r • Mallard Rails a c a c • Blue-winged Teal Virginia Rail r r c a c • Sora • Cinnamon Teal u u u r r r • American Coot • Northern Shoveler c c c c c c • Northern Pintail a c c o • Green-winged Teal Cranes c c c o • Canvasback Sandhill Crane c c c u c c c c c u o Common Bird Name Sp S F Plovers Black-bellied Plover American Golden-Plover Semipalmated Plover • Piping Plover • Killdeer Mountain Plover o r c u u c a u u o r c u c u Stilts and Avocets • Black-necked Stilt • American Avocet r u W Sp S F Sabine’s Gull v Black-legged Kittiwake • Caspian Tern u u u • Common Tern c c u • Forster’s Tern c c u • Least Tern o o Black Tern u u u r u u Sandpipers and Phalaropes Greater Y

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