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Wetland Management District

hen duck and young at water's edge
1710 360th St.
Titonka, IA   50480
E-mail: unionslough@fws.gov
Phone Number: 515-928-2523
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Waterfowl Production Areas provide habitat for migrating and nesting waterfowl.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Currently, there are 75 waterfowl production areas totaling just over 25,000 acres in 18 counties. District lands, including WPAs, and easements, are acquired and managed primarily for the production of waterfowl.

Lands within the district contain wetlands suitable for breeding, uplands suitable for nesting, and water suitable for raising broods. In many cases, the WPAs and state Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) are part of large complexes, consisting of thousands of acres of breeding, nesting, and brood-rearing habitat on Federal, State, and private lands.

The Iowa Wetland Management District is located at the southernmost portion of the Prairie Pothole Region, an area known for its duck production. The uplands and wetlands of the district provide the first suitable breeding habitat available to waterfowl on their migration north.

Waterfowl are not the only wildlife benefiting from the district habitats. Large, contiguous tracts of grassland habitat are critical to many other grassland-dependent migratory birds such as the bobolink, grasshopper sparrow, and dickcissel. District lands also support a variety of other wildlife, including ring-necked pheasants, white-tailed deer and badgers.

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