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Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge

An isolated oasis in the midst of Utah’s stark western desert, Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 10,000 acres of marsh fed by numerous saline seeps and springs. Most visitors come to see the birds that overwinter or stop here during migration. The natural mosaic of marshy meadows and permanent water areas has been altered by the construction of dikes and canals intended to maximize habitat productivity for a wide array of native species. Several small native fishes live here, including the Utah Chub and the uncommon and recently reintroduced Least Chub. The refuge is also a stronghold for a local population of Northern Leopard Frogs.

During spring and fall the refuge hosts a wide variety of songbirds, raptors, shorebirds, and waterfowl; many remain to nest. Among the less common species are wintering Tundra Swans, Bald Eagles, and Merlins. Driving and hiking the refuge roads are the best ways to view the birds. Camping is not allowed on the refuge, but it is permitted on adjacent Bureau of Land Management lands.

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