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    Friends of Crane Meadows NWR

    The National Wildlife Refuge System owes its existence to committed citizens. See what Crane Meadow's dedicated Friends are up to!

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  • Lead Free

    Why Switch Ammunition?

    Lead exposure and poisoning occurs at high percentages in bald eagles found dead in the Midwest.

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    National Wildlife Refuge System

    We are only one of over 560 refuges in the US. This map shows the network of public land dedicated to protecting habitat for wildlife!

    National Wildlife Refuge System Map

Refuge Updates

Habitat Day

Adult and youth assembling a bird house

March 23, 9am-12pm, Refuge Maintenance Shop. You're invited to learn more about wood ducks and bluebirds and assemble a wood duck or bluebird box to take home! Please dress for the weather. *Food available for a small fee.*

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Ski Trail Updates

XC Ski

Are you ready to hit the cross-country ski trails? They were last groomed and tracks were laid on Monday, March 11 and they are in good condition! Skis are not available for rent, you must bring your own equipment.

Refuge Map, Trails and Regulations

Refuge Map and Regulations

A map of the refuge, our trails and important information to know before you visit are included in the PDF below. Click on the link to download.

Refuge Map & Regulations

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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