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Buffalo River State Park
This park is located near the towns of Fargo/Moorhead and protects 1322 acres of prairie. The park includes mesic, dry and wet prairie along with sedge meadows, aspen stands, willow brush and hardwoods associated with the Buffalo River. <br><br> Two old gravel pits near the entrance to the sta...
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Rothsay WMA
Description: Rothsay WMA is located near Rothsay, MN, in Wilkin County, is a large expanse of native prairie that preserves some of Minnesota’s unique prairie heritage. Habitats include sedge meadows, prairie wetlands, mesic tallgrass prairie with brushy areas and aspen clones interspersed. Prairie birds of all kinds can be seen here, including American bittern, horned lark, sedge wren, bobolink, western meadowlark and yellow-headed blackbird.

Wildlife to Watch: 125 bird species have been observed here, and the site is nominated as an “important bird area.” Rare bird species known to occur here include: Wilson’s phalarope, Nelson’s sharp-tailed sparrow, yellow rail, marbled godwit, Baird’s sparrow, Henslow’s sparrow, upland sandpiper and loggerhead shrike.

Special Tips: Prairie chicken booming is mid-April through mid-May.

No established trails, walk at own risk. Many wetland areas, knee boots a must.

Ownership: MN DNR 
Size: 4051 acres 
Closest Town: Rothsay


Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Greater Prairie Chicken - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Rothsay, go four miles west on CSAH 26, then two miles north on 300th Avenue.

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Rothsay WMA : Wildlife Viewing Area