About the District

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Located in southeastern North Dakota, Tewaukon Wetland Management District (WMD) lies on the western edge of the northern tallgrass prairie and within the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region. The Prairie Pothole Region is named for its many small wetlands that resemble potholes. These wetlands and surrounding grasslands provide food, shelter, and nesting sites for waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and a variety of songbirds.

The Tewaukon WMD manages over 14,000 acres of Waterfowl Production Areas in Ransom, Sargent, and Richland Counties in southeast North Dakota. It also includes over 35,000 acres of wetland and grassland easements that protect these areas while remaining in private ownership. The mission of the District is to preserve, restore, and enhance lands of the tallgrass prairie wetland ecosystem capable of supporting habitat for migratory birds and other native wildlife for the benefit of present and future generations.

Tewaukon WMD provides food, water, shelter, and space for a variety of wildlife species ranging from inconspicuous butterflies to large, elegant tundra swans. District grasslands and wetlands are managed to meet the needs of a variety of migratory birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and insects. Management focuses on migratory birds, especially those native species that depend on wetlands and grasslands. The District is located on the edges of the Central and the Mississippi migratory bird flyways, leading to a diverse mix of bird species.