Rydell National Wildlife Refuge


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