A primary purpose of Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge is to provide suitable resting, nesting and breeding areas for migratory birds, as well as other wildlife, in a semiarid environment.
The Refuge System is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Service is the primary Federal entity responsible for conserving and enhancing the Nation’s fish and wildlife populations and their habitats. Although the Service shares this responsibility with other Federal, State, tribal, local, and private entities, the Service has specific trust resource responsibilities for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, certain anadromous fish, certain marine mammals, coral reef ecosystems, wetlands, and other special aquatic habitats. The Service also has similar trust responsibilities for the lands and waters it administers to support the conservation and enhancement of all fish and wildlife and their associated habitats.
At Hutton Lake NWR, to help plants and wildlife, refuge staff uses a variety of habitat management techniques to maintain, recover or enhance plant and wildlife values. Refuge staff carefully considers any management techniques and employs them in varying degrees according to the situation. Water levels are monitored and controlled to foster optimal aquatic vegetation for food and escape cover. The lakes and marshes on the Refuge produce many insects and other invertebrates which are an important food source for female waterfowl as they raise their young. These insects are also essential food for ducklings and goslings during the summer months. Sometimes, sensitive areas are closed to the public so that the land can recover more quickly. Grazing, prescribed burning, mowing, monitoring and control of invasive species, and seeding are also some of the techniques used to help native plants recover.
Public involvement and input are important to us and to the planning process, and we hope you will take an active interest in the process, individually and as a community.
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White-tailed prairie dogs are a common sight at the Refuge. The so-called prairie dog was named for its barking call.