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Fox River
National Wildlife Refuge

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Marquette County, WI   
E-mail: foxriver@fws.gov
Phone Number: 920-387-2658
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Fox River Refuge is an important breeding and staging area for the greater sandhill crane.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Fens are a very rare wetland type in Wisconsin and harbor many State threatened and endangered plants. Upland habitats consist of closed canopy upland deciduous forest dominated by white, black, and bur oak, upland dry prairie, and oak savanna. Three spring-fed creeks flow through the refuge adding to the diversity of the area.

This matrix of wetland and upland habitat types provides excellent habitat for both wetland- and upland-associated wildlife, such as ducks, greater sandhill cranes, herons, rails, songbirds, deer, turkeys, and bobwhite quail. Approximately 50 greater sandhill cranes use the refuge during the summer, but more than 300 cranes use the refuge as a staging area during fall migration.

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