This colorful visitor is commonly seen on the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge during spring and summer months.
American Bald Eagle
An American icon of independence, the bald eagle is a welcomed sight on wildlife refuges and almost anywhere else.
This migrating visitor is sure to draw attention. Once in grave danger of extinction, the whooping crane is now making a slow recovery.
Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge Complex will be preserved, managed, and enhanced as a part of the tallgrass prairie wetland ecosystem capable of supporting migratory birds and other native wildlife and plants for the benefit of present and future generations. The Complex will provide an environment where a diversity of native tallgrass prairie, wetlands, plants, wildlife, and their natural processes can be observed and explored. It will provide a place where people can learn about wildlife and their habitats and enjoy wildlife-dependent recreation.
About the Complex
A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are managed from a central office location.
Tewaukon is managed as part of the Tewaukon Complex.
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About the NWRS
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.
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Items of Interest
The Junior Duck Stamp program provides opportunities for children to learn about wetlands and waterfowl. Learn more about the North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp art contest by following the link below.North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp
In October, beautiful white tundra swans feed in flooded fields and in shallow wetlands. Leopard frogs and painted turtles head to the bottom of wetlands to spend the cold winter months covered in the soft mud as ice forms on the water. Garter snakes and smooth green snakes head to underground burrows as the cold northern winds and snow begin to fall in late October and November.Seasons of Wildlife
Historically, only two federally listed endangered species likely used the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge, the whooping crane and the gray wolf. Today, whooping cranes only migrate through the Refuge.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2015