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John W. and Louise Seier
National Wildlife Refuge

The greater prairie chicken has dark brown, cinnamon, and pale buff barring.  This male displays its yellow-orange eye combs and golden neck sacs as part of its courtship

Rose, NE   68714
E-mail: fortniobrara@fws.gov
Phone Number: 402-387-3789
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The greater prairie chicken is one of a number of bird species and other wildlife that inhabit John W. and Louise Seier National Wildlife Refuge.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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The grasslands cover the majority of the Refuge. Warm and cool season grasses, including big bluestem, Indian grass, switchgrass, stipa, and other species, dominate the grasslands.

The Refuge's wetlands occur primarily along the Refuge's two creeks, Bloody Creek and Skull Creek. Bloody Creek, once an intermittent stream but now nearly permanent due to high groundwater, cuts across the Refuge for 1.25 miles. Skull Creek, a permanent stream that empties into the Calamus River, flows across the western portion of the Refuge.

The woodlands include approximately 10 acres of cottonwood forest. The cottonwoods were planted during the original homesteading of the sandhills region.

The Refuge is home to a variety of wildlife such as white-tailed deer, grouse, and wild turkeys, as well as many other bird species.

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