The US Fish and Wildlife Service of the
Department of the Interior is the principal federal agency with the
responsibility for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife
populations and their habitats on Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge.
<strong>The refuge complex protects northern
tallgrass prairie, one of the most threatened ecosystems in North America.
Migratory birds associated with both the Central Flyway and Mississippi Flyway
come together at the refuge complex, which has the following key habitat and
wildlife values: 1) Wetlands are important migration
and breeding habitat for waterfowl and other waterbirds; 2) Tallgrass prairie
remnants provide some of the last remaining habitat for nesting and migrating
grassland birds (such as bobolink and upland sandpiper) and other prairie
species; 3) Other grassland habitat is winter cover for resident species and
breeding habitat for ground-nesting birds and other grassland wildlife; 4)
Riparian habitat provides breeding and migrating areas for many species of
birds and mammals. </strong>
<strong>Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge will be preserved,
managed, and enhanced as a part of the tallgrass
prairie wetland ecosystem capable of supporting migratory birds and other
native wildlife and plants for the benefit of present and future generations.
The Refuge will provide an environment where a diversity of native tallgrass
prairie, wetlands, plants, wildlife, and their natural processes can be
discovered and explored. It will provide a place where people can learn about
wildlife and their habitats and enjoy wildlife-dependent recreation.</strong>