The Service completed this plan
REFUGE COMPLEX EMAIL
REFUGE COMPLEX ADDRESS
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge Complex
44401 134A Street
Waubay, South Dakota 57273
REFUGE COMPLEX TELEPHONE
605 / 947 4521
This plan is for the following units:
The comprehensive conservation plan sets the management and use of Waubay National Wildlife Refuge Complex for 15 years. This refuge complex is in northeastern South Dakota.
"A nesting place for birds" is the literal translation of the Sioux word, Waubay. This aptly named refuge complex is in the largest duck production area in the continental United States—the Prairie Pothole Region.
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge
The purpose of the refuge is to serve as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Located in the Central Flyway, Waubay National Wildlife Refuge provides a safe place for migrating birds to feed and rest. The refuge is a mix of lakes, wetland, prairie, forest, and cropland that is home to more than 37 mammal species and 100 bird species, including both eastern and western birds. Surrounded by open prairie, the refuge offers a unique glimpse at eastern deciduous forest. The refuge includes the 40-acre Hillebrand Lake Research Natural Area that has native bur oak and bluestem prairie.
Waubay Wetland Management District
The purposes of the district are (1) to serve "as Waterfowl Production Areas subject … to all of the provisions … except the inviolate sanctuary provisions" and "for any other management purpose, for migratory birds" (Migratory Bird Conservation Act), and (2) "for conservation purposes" (Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act).
District habitats consist of native grass, planted grasses, cropland, and wetland that support 247 species of birds, 43 species of mammals, and more than 20 species of amphibians and reptiles. Waterfowl production areas provide vital wildlife habitat in a landscape of cropland and pasture.
Interspersed with grasslands, this landscape provides habitat not only for waterfowl, shorebirds, and other waterbirds, but also for raptors and grassland-dependent bird species. Bobolinks, upland sandpipers, and Savannah sparrows are commonly seen on district lands. Butterfly species include the elusive and rare Dakota skipper.
Major actions for the refuge in the comprehensive conservation plan follow:
Major actions for the district in the comprehensive conservation plan follow:
Comprehensive conservation plan (CCP)
CCP 2002 (3 MB PDF)
Draft CCP and environmental assessment (EA)
Draft CCP and EA 2002 (9 MB PDF)
By section, for faster download:
Contents, summary (3 MB PDF)
Chapter 1, introduction/background (1 MB PDF)
Chapter 2, planning process (PDF)
Chapter 3, summary Waubay complex and resource descriptions (5 MB PDF)
Chapter 4, management direction (PDF)
Chapter 5, implementation and monitoring (PDF)