Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge & Canyon Prairie Dog Colony Professional Review and Guide
"The 7,664-acre Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1958 to protect habitat utilized by migrating and wintering waterfowl and other birds. The 300-acre Stewart Marsh, where the majority of the waterfowl now occur, was developed to catch smaller water inflows. Refuge hours run from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. daily from October 1 through March 31, and from 8 A.M. until 8 P.M. daily from April 1 through September 30.
Key birds: Wild Turkey, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Curvebilled Thrasher, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow are present year-round. Swainson’s Hawk, Snowy Plover, Burrowing Owl, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Horned Lark, Rock Wren, Dickcissel, Lark Bunting, and Grasshopper Sparrow occur in summer. Tundra Swan; Greater Whitefronted, Snow, Ross’s, and Canada Geese; Common Goldeneye; Hooded and Common Mergansers; Bald Eagle; Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks; Merlin; Peregrine Falcon; Long-eared and Shorteared Owls; Townsend’s Solitaire; American Tree, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; and McCown’s, Lapland, Chestnut-collared, and Smith’s Longspurs can usually be found in winter."