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Teller Wildlife Refuge

A Santuary for Study and Wonder

"As a sanctuary for study and wonder, the Teller Wildlife Refuge promotes its conservation legacy by connecting people with the land for the benefit of wildlife and their habitats"
- refuge mission

Teller Wildlife Refuge Site Map

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Field Notes

Walking quietly along the one-mile private nature trail through riverside cottonwood and ponderosas, you may spot all three species of nuthatches - white-breasted, red-breasted and pygmy. Note tracks in the mud of muskrat, beaver, red foxes and even otters, and the shrill piping of spotted sandpipers along gravel bars. Great blue herons fly by in spring from a nearby rookery.

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Habitat Link

Private land stewardship is crucial to the future of wildlife habitat in the Bitterroot. Bio-diversity is higher in the low-elevation river valley, where there is little public land and the pace of development is increasing. This private refuge conserves riparian and upland habitats on 1,200 acres, including three miles of the Bitterroot River.

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Cultural Link

The refuge exists because of the foresight of Otto Teller in conserving this land as a sanctuary.

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Viewing Tip

Springtime along the river floodplains is a terrific time for watching and listening for songbirds and warblers - especially in June. But every season has its specialties, including winter when bald eagles are seen regularly flying over the Bitterroot River, and autumn when the cottonwoods' golden blaze signals the southernly migration of many species.

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Helpful Hint

Guests who stay in one of two historic farm houses on the property have year-round access to the entire property.

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Getting There

From Highway 93, take Woodside Cutoff east to Corvallis. At the light, turn north on Eastside Highway. Drive approximately one mile to Quast Lane. Turn left (west). The office is on the corner of Quast Lane and Eastside Highway. Contact the office for both permission and directions to the riverside nature trail from the office.

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Contact

Teller Wildlife Refuge, PO Box 548, Corvallis, MT 59828 (406) 961-3507.
The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For a birding list and lodging information, check the website: www.tellerwildlife.org

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