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Northern Tallgrass Prairie
National Wildlife Refuge


male bobolink
44843 County Road 19
Odessa, MN   56276
E-mail: northerntallgrassprairie@fws.gov
Phone Number: 320-273-2191
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/northern_tallgrass_prairie/
The Northern Tallgrass Prairie Refuge protects habitat for grassland species, such as the bobolink.
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  History
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The project area for the refuge encompasses parts of 48 counties in western Minnesota and 37 counties in northwest Iowa. The refuge was established to address the loss of America's grasslands and mounting evidence indicating that many grassland species are vanishing as fast as the prairies that support them.

Estimates place the original northern tallgrass prairie in Minnesota and Iowa at approximatley 25 million acres. Today, there are only an estimated 300,000 acres remaining in the two states, representing a greater than 99 percent decline in the amount of tallgrass prairie in this area. Currently, only a small percentage of these habitats are protected in this area, making northern tallgrass prairie one of the rarest and most fragmented ecosystems in America.

 
 
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