Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

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Hooded Mergansers by Roland JordahlHabitat: Marshes, deciduous woodlands, fields.

 

Features: This new National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1992. It includes 2,200 acres with over seven miles of accessible trails, four of which are paved. A 500’ bog boardwalk is also featured, as well as a wetland overlook platform.

 

Best Times To Visit: May through June, August through October.

 

Birds To Look For: Trumpeter Swan, passerines, including Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, grassland sparrows, Bobolink and finches.

 

Notes For Birding The Area: Checklist available. Universally accessible trails. Refuge Office is open 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call ahead for visitor center and trail access hours.

 

Contact: Rydell NWR, 17788 349th St SE, Erskine, MN 56535, 800-841-0172. http://www.fws.gov//midwest/rydell E-mail: rydell@fws.gov