Welcome to Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge! Located in South Dakota, these lands and waters are vitally important to the nation’s migratory bird populations – waterbirds and songbirds nest here in great numbers.
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A couple dozen U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges are situated roughly along the 1804-1805 westbound route of explorers Lewis and Clark. This story features a dozen refuges, in east-to-west order.
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service carefully manages trapping activities on national wildlife refuges to ensure that safe, effective practices are used, to ensure the sustainability of wildlife populations, and to protect refuge infrastructure. Trapping may be used as a wildlife management tool...
The value to Americans provided by national wildlife refuges was highlighted today when U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced the agency is proposing to expand hunting and fishing opportunities at 13 national wildlife refuges across the United States. This includes migratory...
This 5,639-acre refuge includes Lake Andes, a 4,700-acre lake created by the last ice age. Each spring and fall, thousands of waterfowl and other waterbirds migrate through this region, taking advantage of the nutritious food found in the wetlands. In addition, many waterfowl find the combination of grasslands and wetlands on this landscape ideal for nesting and raising their young.
Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge is a place of wetlands, grasslands, and riverside forests. During spring and fall migrations, clouds of waterfowl and shorebirds darken the sky. Because of its tremendous value to waterfowl and other migratory birds, President Franklin Roosevelt established Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge with a Presidential Executive Order in 1936.Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge is somewhat unique as a refuge because most of the lake bottom is owned by the State of South Dakota. However, the State has granted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service the authority to manage water levels and maintain habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. To provide high quality migratory bird habitat on the Owens Bay area of Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge, staff intensively manage water levels.
Lake Andes Wetland Management District in Pickstown, SouthDakota, has cooperative agriculture opportunities grazing on 21 waterfowl production areas in Brule, Charles Mix, Aurora, and Douglas Counties. Cooperators may bid on more than one unit,...
Lake Andes Wetland Management District in Pickstown, SouthDakota, has cooperative agriculture opportunities for farming on approximately 48 acres of one unit of Varilek Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Charles Mix County for up to four years....
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 560 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.
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