Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Not to be confused with Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge (North Dakota)

Coordinates: 34°53′11″N 102°07′11″W / 34.88639°N 102.11972°W / 34.88639; -102.11972
Buffalo Lake
National Wildlife Refuge
Buffalo Lake Texas Blind 2009.jpg
Blind for wildlife viewing at Buffalo Lake NWR
Country  United States
State  Texas
Region Randall County
Elevation 1,140 m (3,740 ft)
Coordinates 34°53′11″N 102°07′11″W / 34.88639°N 102.11972°W / 34.88639; -102.11972
Area 31 km2 (12 sq mi)
Biome Temperate grassland
Plant Shortgrass prairie
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.[1]

In fact, this prairie is so important that 175 acres (0.71 km2) of it carries the designation of National Natural Landmark.[1] 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.[2]

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.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Anonymous. "Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 
  2. ^ USFWS. "Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved 29 November 2009. 

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.