Located just seven miles east of Malta in the Milk River Valley, the Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1936 to provide habitat for migratory birds. The Refuge is home to a variety of bird species, making it an enjoyable attraction for birders drawn to the Reserve and its surrounding landscape.
Bowdoin attracts migrating waterfowl and shorebirds by the thousands and provides breeding and nesting habitat for ducks, geese, grassland songbirds and nesting water birds. Many species of state and federal concern can be seen at the Refuge. The area is equally important to diverse wildlife, including white-tailed deer, pronghorn, sharp-tailed grouse and coyotes. Because many of the bird species in the Bowdoin Refuge can also be seen on the Reserve, a visit to both locations creates a well-rounded picture of the region's avian abundance.