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    Losing Ground

    From 2006-2011 1.3 million acres of grasslands were plowed up in the midwest.

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    First Migrants

    Late summer means it is time to look for our first migrants - shorebirds. Find them on drying wetlands and mudflats.

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    Prairie Beauty

    Summer is a great time to look for amazing prairie flowers like this wild lily.

Things to Do

Enjoying the Outdoors

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

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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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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What's Happening

  • Saving endangered butterflies

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    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.

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  • Contact Us

    Waubay National Wildlife Refuge 44401 134A St Waubay SD 57273 (605) 947-4521

    Waubay NWR
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2014
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