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Long Lake
National Wildlife Refuge

A group of sandhill cranes stands in a dry agricultural field, feeding on waste grain.  A number of the large, gray birds fly over those feeding on the ground.
12000 353 ST SE
Moffit, ND   58560
E-mail: longlake@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-387-4397
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Sandhill cranes are the oldest bird species alive today, existing virtually unchanged for millions of years. The Refuge is a primary fall migration staging area for cranes.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Long Lake NWR's official bird list includes 289 species. In late August, spectacular concentrations of waterfall begin the fall migration. Populations peak with up to 25,000 ducks and 20,000 geese in late October. The Refuge is famed as a staging area for migrating sandhill cranes; fall concentrations often exceed 10,000 birds. The Refuge is visited frequently by whooping cranes during fall and spring migrations.

The Refuge hosts a wide variety of nesting birds. Black-crowned night herons, cattle egrets, and white-faced ibis build platform nests, while Forester's terns, Franklin's gulls, and various grebe species build nests on mats of dead floating vegetation.

White-tailed deer are the primary big game animal. Coyotes are abundant, while red fox, badger, skunk, mink, muskrat, deer mice, Franklin's squirrels, and 13-lined ground squirrels round out the Refuge's list of common mammals.

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