Wetland Management District
|49663 County Road 17
Windom, MN 56101
Phone Number: 507-831-2220
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|The Fish and Wildlife Service is working to improve habitat for waterfowl such as canvasbacks.|
Continued . . . Ducks, geese and swans flock to the restored wetlands and native prairie of the WPAs. During the migratory seasons, thousands of ducks and geese can be seen on many of the WPAs in the District. WPAs are also very good rest stops for migrating song birds traveling to the northern forests and prairies of Minnesota and Canada. The American goldfinch, black-capped chickadee, bobolink, eastern bluebird, marsh wren, northern junco, nuthatch and golden-crowned kinglet are common species here. Many waterfowl and non-game species also nest in the District which include trumpeter swans, canada geese, blue-winged teal, gadwall, mallards, northern shovler, ruddy ducks and wood ducks.
The District is also home to the largest population of ring-necked pheasants in Minnesota. Other popular game species include waterfowl, deer and eastern wild turkey. Visitors will also have an opportunity to observe many species of wildlife. With a little luck, visitors may see bald eagles, hawks, owls, coyotes, red fox, badger, beaver, opossums, mink, raccoon, turtles, snakes, mice, shrews and voles.
Federally listed threatened and endangered species in the District include the Topeka shiner, a small fish occurring in prairie streams, and the Dakota skipper butterfly, a prairie dependent species. Endangered plants species known to occur in the District are the western prairie fringed orchid and prairie bush clover.
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