National Wildlife Refuge
|44843 County Road 19
Odessa, MN 56276
Phone Number: 320-273-2191
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|Big Stone Refuge was named for its lichen-covered granite outcrops.|
Continued . . . It serves as an important wintering area for white-tailed deer and is a major migratory stopover for more than 20 species of waterfowl. It harbors the only population of ball cactus in Minnesota.
The refuge has been designated as a Globally Important Bird Area, supporting Eastern Prairie Population Canada geese, high waterfowl numbers, and large numbers of least sandpipers, pectoral sandpipers, and stilt sandpipers. The refuge is a candidate site of the Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network. Unique features include the lichen-covered granite outcrops for which the refuge was named and nearly 2,000 acres of native tallgrass prairie.
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