Arrowwood Wetland Management District

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Arrowwood Wetland Management District
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Arrowwood Wetland Management District
Map showing the location of Arrowwood Wetland Management District
Location North Dakota, USA
Nearest city Pingree, ND
Coordinates 47°33′12″N 98°44′36″W / 47.55333°N 98.74333°W / 47.55333; -98.74333Coordinates: 47°33′12″N 98°44′36″W / 47.55333°N 98.74333°W / 47.55333; -98.74333
Area 28,922 acres (117 km2)
Established September, 1961
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Arrowwood Wetland Management District is located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. Arrowwood WMD is a part of the Arrowwood National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The district consists of 28 Waterfowl Production Areas, 314 Wetland easements (cooperative arrangements with private landowners), one easement refuge known as Johnson Lake National Wildlife Refuge and another four easements through the Farmers Home Administration, altogether totalling 28,922 acres (117 km2).

Gadwall hen with duckling at Arrowwood WMD

Arrowwood WMD is in the center of what is known as the prairie–potholes country. When the ice ages ended 15,000 years ago, the weight of the glacial ice had displaced the soil beneath them, creating depressions which later filled up with water into countless lakes and ponds. In the centuries since, migratory birds have come to depend on these wetlands for food and as nesting areas. Over 250 species of birds have been spotted in the refuge. More than a dozen species of ducks and wading birds have been documented. The most common waterfowl usually seen include the Canada geese, mallards, pintails, blue-winged teal, shovelers, and gadwall. Other bird species that are relatively common include grebe, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, black-crowned night heron, and American bittern. Other shorebirds such as the plover are also common.

Mammals such as white-tailed deer, badger, skunk, beaver, raccoon, mink, muskrat, coyote and sharp tailed grouse, along with other grassland dwellers such as the exotic Ring-necked pheasant, are known to exist in the wetland management district.

The refuge permits hunting and fishing in season and with proper permit. Hunting is legal but only for deer, upland game birds such as grouse, fox and rabbits.

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