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Chase Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

A flock of American white pelicans sit closely together in the grass under a bright sky.
5924 19th Street SE
Woodworth, ND   58496
E-mail: chaselake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-752-4218
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Early records describe how Euro-American settlers would gather near the shores of Chase Lake and shoot pelicans for sport and commerce. These activities occurred prior to the Refuge's establishment and the passage of laws designed to protect migratory birds.

Today, the Refuge protects the largest nesting colony of American white pelicans in North America, with more than 17,000 breeding pairs using the Refuge to raise their young. Staff and volunteers band young pelicans annually in an attempt to learn more about their migration patterns, wintering areas, population dynamics, and much more.

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