Swan River National Wildlife Refuge

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Swan River National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Swan River National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Swan River National Wildlife Refuge
Location Lake County, Montana, USA
Nearest city Kalispell, MT
Coordinates 47°54′26″N 113°51′33″W / 47.90722°N 113.85917°W / 47.90722; -113.85917Coordinates: 47°54′26″N 113°51′33″W / 47.90722°N 113.85917°W / 47.90722; -113.85917
Area 1,568 acres (635 ha)
Established 1973
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Swan River National Wildlife Refuge is a 1,778-acre (720 ha) National Wildlife Refuge in the northwestern section of Montana in the United States.[1][2] The refuge was primarily set aside to protect prime habitat for various species of birds and particularly waterfowl. The refuge consists of a wide floodplain of the Swan River, though the river has relocated to the western sections of the refuge due to silt buildup.[3]

171 bird species have been observed at the refuge, including teals, great blue heron and a pair of nesting bald eagles, the last of which may be due to the abundance of fish in the Swan River. Numerous mammals such as the white-tailed deer, elk, moose, black bear, coyote, bobcat and beaver can all be found here. The grizzly bear may occasionally wander in from surrounding mountains.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Topoquest (USGS Quads). Swan Lake, MT (Map). http://www.topoquest.com/map.php?lat=47.90772&lon=-113.86149&datum=nad83&zoom=4. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  2. ^ "Annual Report of Lands Under Control of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service" (pdf). U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. September 30, 2010. p. 23. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Swan River National Wildlife Refuge". U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Retrieved February 24, 2014.