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Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge
The Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge comprises over 8373 acres, divided into four separate divisions: Big Timber, Louisa, Keithsburg, and Horseshoe Bend. Three divisions - Big Timber, Louisa, and Keithsburg - are located in the floodplain of the Mississippi River, while Horseshoe Bend is in t...
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Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge
Description: The Northern Tallgrass Prairie. To many, it is simply known as "the prairie." A landscape where the eye can see the horizon, and thunderstorms can be watched from infancy to fury. It is America's breadbasket, its corn belt, and its duck factory; a place of hard work, strong families, and civic pride.

Presently, the refuge is approximately 1800 acres in size and consists of eight easement and four fee title tracts in seven Minnesota counties and one Iowa county. Field administration of all units acquired for the refuge will occur from eight existing Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Management District and National Wildlife Refuge offices scattered throughout the project area established for the refuge.

Wildlife to Watch: Refuge lands provide visitors the opportunity to view waterfowl, songbirds, marsh and wading birds, shorebirds, raptors, and upland game birds. During the spring and summer, northern tallgrass prairie habitats will provide the opportunity for visitors to see several grassland-dependent neotropical migratory birds, such as bobolinks, grasshopper sparrows, and clay-colored sparrows. Other animals to watch for include white-tailed deer, red fox, ground squirrels, and coyotes.

Special Tips: Refuge lands are/will be located at widely scattered locations throughout western Minnesota and northwestern Iowa.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 1800 acres 
Closest Town: Odessa

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Bobolink - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The project leader of Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge is located at the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge office, approximately eight miles east of Ortonville, MN, and one mile west of Odessa, MN.

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Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area