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Crescent Lake
National Wildlife Refuge


Amidst the sea of dry, brown grasses, a wetland exists where the sandhills dip below the water table.
10630 Road 181
Ellsworth, NE   69340
E-mail: cresentlake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 308-762-4893
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/crescent_lake/
Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a vast sea of mixed-grass habitats with wetlands found where the sandhills dip below the water table.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Thirty-two species of waterfowl use the Refuge during some portion of the year, and 15 waterfowl species nest on the Refuge. Thirty-one shorebird species, 7 gull species, and 5 tern species occur on the Refuge. Of these, 11 species nest on the Refuge.

The open grasslands of the sandhills, interspersed with small areas of trees, provide excellent habitat and food sources for raptors. Twenty-seven species of raptors have been recorded on the Refuge. The Refuge is on the western edge of the range of the greater prairie chicken. White-tailed deer and mule deer are both present on Crescent Lake NWR. The most common reptiles and amphibians are the box turtle, bullsnake, tiger salamander, and garter snake. The yellow mud turtle is considered a Refuge species of special interest.

 
 
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