Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 and consists of 61,500 acres of wetland and upland habitats in northwestern Minnesota. The refuge lies in the aspen parkland transition zone between the boreal forest to the north and east and the tallgrass prairie to the south and west. 26 wetland impoundments that range in size from 30 to 9,000 acres provide a variety of habitats for both nesting and migrating birds. Two natural lakes lie within 4,000 acres of black spruce-tamarack bog that has been designated as wilderness by the National Wilderness Preservation System. In addition to being a breeding ground for numerous waterfowl and other bird species, the refuge is also noted for two resident packs of gray wolves, nesting bald eagles, occasional moose and colonial nesting birds - specifically Franklin’s gulls.

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Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Minnesota. Packs of wolves, moose, waterfowl and 300 species of birds make this refuge a wildlife wonderland.

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      Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge provides a haven for many wildlife species. As many as 300 species of birds use the refuge; half of which nest on the refuge. The refuge is home to 49 species of mammals, 12 species of amphibians and 9 species of reptiles.

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