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“Very good birding here”

Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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351 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
“Very good birding here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2012

This is truly an oasis -- most of the surrounding country is in dry land farming. Even in August, there was enough water present to provide a good variety of bird life, primarily wading birds with some waterfowl and some grassland birds. Portions of the "lake" were mostly dry at this time, since the refuge is managed for waterfowl migration; pumps had recently been turned on to start increasing water levels in preparation for Fall migratory birds. The visitor center is in excellent condition and the displays are very informative, highlighting local wildlife. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There are two drives, one of which is sometimes closed (check the visitor center or web site for the schedule); the gravel surfaces are well maintained. I saw 39 species of birds and four mammal species in about four hours on a very hot (near 100 degree), sunshine day.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Spring, Texas
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164 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Peaceful and lots of birds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2012

If you like birds, be sure to stop here for some good grassland birds and waterfowl. I went in early July and got to see marbled godwit, willet, long-billed curlew, grebes and lots of mallards with ducklings in tow!

Visited July 2012
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3 Thank Anne T
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Montana
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36 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“the place to see birds!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

quiet and serene and different birds all the time. nice spot any time of year.

Visited March 2012
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2 Thank 123happytraveler
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Great Falls, Montana
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14 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Wildlife”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

Have volunteered at the Refuge and felt like I was really making a contribution in doing bird counts.

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1 Thank Anita B
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