Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Butterfly Garden Kits

    The plight of the Monarch Butterfly is gaining national attention and the District is offering free garden kits.

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    See Smoke?

    Prescribed burning is used to rejuvenate grasslands.

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    Prairie Reconstruction

    Madison Wetland Management District sits at the western edge of the tallgrass prairie, the most threatened ecosystem in North America.

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    Prairie Pothole Region

    Madison WMD preserves timeless landscapes in the face of change here in the prairie pothole region.

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    Birds of the Madison WMD

    Spring and fall migrations bring thousands of ducks and geese through this area. As many as 329 bird species can be found here.

    Madison WMD Bird List

Items of Interest

Partners for Fish and Wildlife

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Private Lands Program can provide a common sense approach to habitat management, provide support for wildlife, agriculture and rural lifestyles through financial and technical assistance.

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Grazing Opportunities

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The Madison Wetland Management Dsitrict has grazing opportunities on various Waterfowl Production Areas. If you are interested, please call the office at (605) 256-2974 by April 9th.

About the District

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The Madison Wetland Management District is a unit of the Refuge System that manages small tracts of fee-owned Federal lands called waterfowl production areas, administers easement programs to preserve privately owned wetlands and grasslands, and conserve other tracts of lands ceded to the Service through different authorities, such as former Farmers Home Administration lands.

Conservation Easements

Opportunities for Private Landowners

Conservation easements allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to partner with willing landowners to permanently protect wetlands and grasslands in the Prairie Pothole Region.

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS