Sideoats, a native grass, is covered in frost. Native plants provide important winter habitat for wildlife.
Some animals - especially birds - choose to spend winters here. Good habitat is vital to ensure their survival in rough weather.
Things to Do
Waterfowl Producition Areas are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, and interpretation. Enjoy the great outdoors at a WPA near you!
About the Complex
Waubay Complex includes Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, Waubay Wetland Management District and Dakota Tallgrass Prairie Wildlife Management Area
Waubay WMD is managed as part of the Waubay Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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New and Noteworthy
The US Fish & Wildlife Service is proposing to list the Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling as endangered species. These enigmatic butterflies require high quality native prairie - a habitat that is disappearing and underappreciated.Learn more
Waubay National Wildlife Refuge
44401 134A St
Waubay SD 57273
(605) 947-4521Waubay NWR
Sentinels of wetlands
Leopard frogs depend on clean and plentiful wetlands for survival. As part of an intricate prairie food chain, losing frogs to pesticides, excess fertilizers, wetland drainage, and climate change might put many other species in peril.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Dec 31, 2013