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Fergus Falls
Wetland Management District

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Prairie Wetlands Learning Center
602 State Highway 210E
Fergus Falls, MN   56537
E-mail: prairiewet@fws.gov
Phone Number: 218-998-4480
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The Fergus Falls Wetland Management District boasts some of the highest densities of breeding waterfowl in Minnesota.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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The importance of wetlands to waterfowl is obvious and well known by wildlife biologists. Equally essential, however, is the adjacent grassland vegetation near wetlands that serves as preferred nesting habitat for waterfowl and other ground nesting birds like pheasants and many grassland songbirds. The district boasts some of the highest densities of breeding waterfowl in Minnesota.

Over 293 species of birds have been observed, and about 170 species nest within the district. Remnant native grasslands in the western part of the district are good places to experience the tallgrass prairie community with its diverse assortment of plants and insects. These are also good places to see greater prairie chickens, marbled godwits, and short-eared owls.

Approximately 57 pairs of bald eagles and nearly a dozen ospreys nest in the district. This avian diversity is complimented by at least 40 species of mammals and 25 species of reptiles and amphibians.

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