Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is managed as part of the Tewaukon Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Refuges are grouped into a complex structure because they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or specific habitat type, and have a related purpose and management needs. Typically, a project leader or complex manager oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff, composed of administrative, law enforcement, refuge manager, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.
Other refuges in the Tewaukon Complex include: Wild Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Storm Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and Tewaukon Wetlands Management District. The Complex headquarters is co-located on the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge at 9754 143 1/2 Avenue S E, Cayuga, ND 58013.
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Historically, only two federally listed endangered species likely used the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, the whooping crane and the gray wolf. Today, whooping cranes only migrate through the Refuge.