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Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week

In 1903, the first National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Pelican Island, was established by President Theodore Roosevelt to protect the brown pelican from exploitation.

Since then, over 550 additional refuges and 37 Wetland Management Districts (WMDs) have been established for migratory birds, marine mammals, threatened and endangered species, and other purposes.

This year, your local Refuge System staff from the Detroit Lakes WMD, Hamden Slough NWR and Tamarac NWR will be celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week by hosting events prior to and during the week of Oct. 11-17, 2009.

Award winning wildlife art

During the week of Oct. 12-18, the 2009 Jr. Duck Stamp winners will be on display at the Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes. In addition, the Tamarac NWR photo contest entries and winners will also be on display.

Wildflower seed collection

Every week, staff and volunteers from the Detroit Lakes WMD travel to some of the most beautiful native prairies in northern Minnesota to collect wildflower seed. This seed is then mixed in with prairie seed harvested by combines and used to restore prairie on our many Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) in the five-county District. Call for details: 847-4431.

Fantastic fall migration

Fall is in the air-and so are the birds. Visit Hamden Slough NWR and Tamarac NWR, as well as many of the WPAs in the five-county District for shorebird and waterfowl observation at its best. Even though the temperature is dropping, there's still time to view a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds and other waterbirds as they stopover while traveling south to their wintering grounds.

For more information on these or any other events, please contact the Detroit Lakes WMD at 847-4431 or Tamarac NWR at 847-2641.