About the Refuge
After visiting the vicinity of what is now Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge in western Minnesota in 1871, a niece of John James Audubon was so impressed with the abundance and diversity of wildlife that she asked the governor to name a township for her famous uncle. Today, the refuge is in Audubon Township, a mile from the City of Audubon.
Hamden Slough has a rich history defined by its remarkable abundance of wildlife and deep connection with people who called Hamden their home.
“In the morning if it was still and a little foggy, my grandfather said you could hear the prairie chickens drumming, also the trumpet swans, whooping cranes, geese, loons and many species of ducks. He said it sounded like a symphony.” (By Donald P. Larson)
Today, Hamden Slough is nestled within a working landscape rich in agriculture, industry, conservation and tight-knit communities. The 3210-acre refuge lies on the eastern edge of the Prairie Pothole Region and was established in 1989 for the production of waterfowl and other migratory birds. It became one of Minnesota’s first Important Bird Areas in 2004.