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Birding on the Refuge

PelicansSand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, situated along the slow-moving James River in north-central South Dakota, offers many opportunities to observe a rich diversity of birds and other wildlife.

Hundreds of thousands of snow geese and other migratory waterfowl rest and feed on Sand Lake during the spring and fall migrations. From May to September, a wide variety of birds and mammals abound in this prairie marsh ecosystem. Whether you visit to watch the courtship rituals of Western grebes, feeding rafts of white pelicans, or listen to the calls of snow geese, interesting experiences await you at Sand Lake. Enjoy your visit! 

Click the link below for a printable birding guide for Sand Lake NWR 

Birds of Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge  


Page Photo Credits — Pelicans - Tom Koerner/USFWS
Last Updated: Jan 10, 2014
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