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National Wildlife Refuge

great blue heron perched in tree, with red foliage behind
W28488 Refuge Rd.
Trempealeau, WI   54661
E-mail: trempealeau@fws.gov
Phone Number: 608-539-2311
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Dikes on Trempealeau Refuge create pools which provide habitat for waterfowl and wading birds, such as great blue herons.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Flocks of white pelicans numbering in the hundreds may be seen loafing and feeding on Refuge wetlands spring through fall. Other water birds including great egrets, great blue herons, and black terns are common during the summer months.

Visitors come to the Refuge during spring and fall migration to observe flocks of waterfowl as they pass through. Large numbers of tundra swans are seen at Trempealeau Refuge from late October through early December, as they wing their way between nesting grounds in the sub-arctic and wintering areas in and near the Chesapeake Bay.

Forested blufflands flank the Refuge, rising several hundred feet above the Mississippi River Valley floor. These habitats complement adjacent riverine wetlands, creating a migration corridor for tremendous numbers of neotropical migrants and raptors. Upland sand prairies on the Refuge complete the habitat mosaic of the area, providing homes for many grassland birds, including grasshopper, lark, and vesper sparrows and Eastern meadowlarks.

Other wildlife species commonly seen on Trempealeau Refuge include deer, coyote, muskrat, gray squirrels, pileated and red-headed woodpeckers, wild turkey, and painted and snapping turtles.

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