“encompassing 14,735 acres of native prairie, planted grasslands, & wetlands”
Audubon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in central North Dakota and is part of a landscape that is marked by numerous wetlands called potholes. These land depressions are what remained after glaciers melted from the area over 10,000 years ago. This landscape, commonly called the prairie pothole region, extends from North Dakota into Canada, Minnesota, western Iowa, South Dakota, and eastern Montana. The Refuge encompasses 14,735 acres of native prairie, planted grasslands, and wetlands. These lands are managed to meet the needs of many species of wildlife. The Audubon was named to honor John James Audubon, one of the great naturalists and wildlife painters of the 19th century.
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