Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Not to be confused with Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge (North Dakota)
|National Wildlife Refuge|
Blind for wildlife viewing at Buffalo Lake NWR
|Elevation||1,140 m (3,740 ft)|
|Area||31 km2 (12 sq mi)|
|Animal||Deer, Prairie Dog, Migratory birds|
|Founded||National Wildlife Refuge|
|Date||November 6, 1958|
|Management||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
|- location||Umbarger, Texas|
|Website: USFWS: Buffalo Lake NWR|
Once buffalo grazed the shortgrass prairie seen today at Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Randall County of the Texas Panhandle. Once a lake reflected the clouds. The buffalo vanished. The lake has dried. But the shortgrass prairie remains as one of the best in the high plains grassland ecosystem.
In fact, this prairie is so important that 175 acres (0.71 km2) of it carries the designation of National Natural Landmark. Most everywhere else, these native grasslands fell to the plow and with them their wildlife. Here, visitors may still see black-tailed prairie dogs perched on mounds and burrowing owls blink in broad daylight.
The shortgrass prairies spill into marshes, woodlands, riparian habitat, croplands, and water-carved canyon walls that together form 7,664 acres (31.02 km2) of homes for migratory and year-round wildlife.
- Grulla National Wildlife Refuge
- Muleshoe National Wildlife Refuge
- Rita Blanca National Grassland
- Palo Duro Canyon
- Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway
- McKittrick Canyon
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