Welcome to Friends of the Bear River Refuge website. We encourage you to visit often to see the latest news and activities.

Our Mission

This group is devoted to the promotion, appreciation, and conservation of the wildlife, birds, and habitat of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Officially established as a not-for-profit charitable organization in 1998, we are partners with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Upcoming Events

May 14th: “Bringing Back the Bear” book signing with Al Trout.

“Bringing Back the Bear” details the reconstruction of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge after massive flooding events in the 1980s damaged land and property. Al Trout, a former Refuge manager, wrote this book to share the untold story of the role the local community played in rebuilding “the Bear.” Meet Al Trout and get your copy signed, at the Wildlife Education Center’s Avocet Corner Bookstore!

Bookstore Hours 

Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30am to 4:00pm

Wednesday: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Friday: 8:30am to 3:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

The Auto Tour is open and we have the observation deck funded by the Friends of the Bear River Refuge. Feel free to come check it out! 


Want to contribute?

Make a one-time donation today to the Friends of the Bear River Bird Refuge today!