Located in northwestern Minnesota, Rydell National Wildlife Refuge protects approximately 2,200 acres of grassland, wetland and forest habitat. Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to benefit migratory birds and resident wildlife species, the refuge also provides a variety of educational and recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.

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Managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to benefit migratory birds and resident wildlife species, the refuge also provides a variety of educational and recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.

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      The refuge has diverse habitats that support a variety of wildlife species. Waterfowl, including ducks, geese and swans, rely on the wetlands and the surrounding grasslands and woodlands for feeding and nesting. Trumpeter swans, the largest of North American waterfowl, nest here each year. Bald eagles and osprey hunt on the refuge and gray wolves are occasionally seen. Resident species include white-tailed deer, black bear, ruffed grouse, great horned owl, pileated woodpecker, long-tailed weasel, red fox, river otter and beaver.

      American Black Bear
      black bear
      In the East, nearly black; in the West, black to cinnamon, with white blaze on chest. A "blue" phase occurs near Yakutat Bay, Alaska, and a nearly white population on Gribble Island, British Columbia, and the neighboring mainland. Snout tan or grizzled; in profile straight or slightly convex. 3...
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      Beavers
      North American River Otter
      northern river otter
      river otter
      common otter
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      Red Fox
      Raccoon
      northern raccoon
      common raccoon
      gray squirrel
      Eastern Gray Squirrel
      Trumpeter Swan

      The trumpeter swan is a majestic bird, with snowy white feathers; jet-black bill, feet, and legs; and 8-foot wingspan. At close range, a thin orange-red line can be seen on the lower part of the bill. The trumpeter is often confused with the smaller, more northerly tundra swan, especially where...

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      Bald Eagle

      A large raptor, the bald eagle has a wingspread of about seven feet. Adults have a dark brown body and wings, white head and tail, and a yellow beak. Juveniles are mostly brown with white mottling on the body, tail, and undersides of wings. Adult plumage usually is obtained by the sixth year. In...

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      Common Loon
      Great Northern Loon
      Great Northern Diver
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      Ruffed Grouse
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      Pileated Woodpecker
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      Wood Duck
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