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Waubay
National Wildlife Refuge


Red-necked grebes are approximately 20 inches in length.  When in breeding plumage, adults have a reddish foreneck that strongly contrasts with white throat feathers.
44401 134A St.
Waubay, SD   57273
E-mail: waubay@fws.gov
Phone Number: 605-947-4521
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/waubay/
A red-necked grebe approaching its nest.
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  History
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Bison, wolf, and passenger pigeon bones have been found as well as numerous stone tools and pottery shards. Before the establishment as a Refuge, the area was used for agriculture and as a hunting club. Waubay NWR was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife; it was originally called Waubay Bluebill Refuge. In the late 1930s, a Civilian Conservation Corps crew built a number of buildings, dikes, and fences, some of which can still be seen.

 
 
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