Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge is a key part of a patchwork of preserves and wildlife areas in the region that include some of Minnesota’s best remaining prairies.

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Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to benefit migratory birds and resident wildlife species, the prairies and wetlands of Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge attract a variety of exceptional bird species.

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      Prairie chickens, upland sandpipers and western prairie fringed orchids are a few of the unique species you may see on the refuge. The refuge is located in the Mississippi Headwaters and Northern Tallgrass Prairie ecosystem. It is a key component of the prairie pothole mix of small wetlands surrounded by upland prairies and woodland savannas. This mix of small wetlands and uplands are crucial as breeding habitat for an array of migratory birds, including waterfowl, songbirds, shorebirds and others.