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Des Lacs
National Wildlife Refuge

A panoramic view of Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge shows a vast expanse of grassland with a large wetland.  The wetland is thick with waterfowl floating on its surface.
1 Mile West of Kenmare, County Rd 1A
Kenmare, ND   58746
E-mail: deslacs@fws.gov
Phone Number: 701-385-4046
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In the fall, snow goose concentrations can reach 500,000 birds on the Refuge.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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Grass and grass-shrub slopes are native sod with western snowberry shrub, wheatgrasses, needlegrasses, grama, bluestem, and native forbs.

Green ash and American elm dominate woodlands, while chokecherry, juneberry, and sapling trees encroach into prairie at the woodland edge. The wooded coulees provide white-tailed deer with secluded fawning areas and protection from winter winds. Warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and other songbirds nest within or beneath the tree canopy. Moose occasionally wander through these draws.

Refuge marshes, lakes, prairies, and wooded coulees provide wildlife a variety of habitats. Because of this mix, many different species occur on the Refuge. Conspicuous animals of the open prairies and woodland margins include northern harriers, sharp-tailed grouse, mourning doves, eastern kingbirds, gray catbirds, yellow warblers, house wrens, western meadowlarks, song sparrows, clay-colored sparrows, savannah sparrows, white-tailed deer, meadow voles, and deer mice. Common wetland animals during summer include western and eared grebes, American white pelicans, Canada geese, mallards, gadwalls, blue-winged teal, ruddy ducks, soras, Wilson's phalaropes, Franklin's gulls, black terns, yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds, and muskrats.

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