Once part of Glacial Lake Wisconsin, Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is now made up of an ancient, exposed lakebed where shallow surface water streams life into the Great Wisconsin Swamp, historic oak savannas and sand prairies. Seen for its importance for migratory birds by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, it was set aside for breeding and resident wildlife and for generations of people to enjoy.
Half a century ago, the bald eagle was in danger of extinction. Conservationists helped lead a remarkable recovery, and in 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species. This article touches on why the bald eagle inspires the awe and respect that it does.
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...
Adventure awaits novices to outdoor enthusiasts with year round activities.
Experience the refuge by:
Hiking or snowshoeing
Taking pictures or watching wildlife
Being in nature
Participating in a field trip, guided hike, or tour with refuge naturalists
Ungroomed cross-country skiing
Not sure where to start? Staff and volunteers at the visitor center share current information on seasonal phenology and the best things to do for the day. Explore the visitor center and then step into nature to soak in the sights and sounds of a wild space that changes daily.
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is a diverse ecosystem, including open tallgrass prairies, sprawling savannas, numerous wetland types including sedge meadows and is home to many common and protected species.
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