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Tamarac opens photo contest

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge announces its 8th Annual Photo Contest to showcase amateur photos of the refuge.

Images can be of birds, mammals, insects, fish, other animals, plants, wildflowers, people enjoying the refuge, scenery, beautiful natural shapes and patterns, in short, almost any sight at Tamarac Refuge.

Through your participation, Tamarac is able to increase its photo collection used to promote the refuge and its message of conservation. The photo contest is co-sponsored by the Tamarac Interpretive Association, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the conservation and wise use of the natural and cultural resources of the refuge.

Prints 5"x7" in size can be entered into any of five categories which include Wildlife, Plant Life, Scenic, Nature's Abstracts and Recreation. Photos must be taken on the refuge and up to three entries per person may be submitted. All photos will be displayed during Tamarac's Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 4.

Grand prize is $75 cash. First place winners in each category will receive $25, while second and third place will receive Tamarac Wildlife Gifts & Book Store gift certificates. Manager's Choice and Editor's Choice will also be chosen.

Rules and entry forms are available online at or may be picked up at the visitor center. For more information and complete contest rules, contact the refuge staff at 218-847-2641 or visit

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The Service manages the National Wildlife Refuge System that includes more than 540 refuges nation wide. Within Becker County, the Service is represented by the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge, and the Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District.

Becker County enjoys an impressive diversity of both plants and wildlife as a result of its location where the eastern deciduous forest meets the prairie. Plan a visit to experience Tamarac, Hamden Slough, or one of the many Waterfowl Production Areas and enjoy your public lands.