Waubay National Wildlife Refuge

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Waubay National Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Waubay National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Waubay National Wildlife Refuge
Map of the United States
Location Day County, South Dakota, United States
Nearest city Waubay, South Dakota
Coordinates 45°25′30″N 97°20′27″W / 45.42495°N 97.34092°W / 45.42495; -97.34092Coordinates: 45°25′30″N 97°20′27″W / 45.42495°N 97.34092°W / 45.42495; -97.34092[1]
Area 4,650 acres (18.8 km2)
Established 1935
Governing body U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/waubay/

Waubay National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge in South Dakota. "Waubay" means "a place where numbers of birds make their nests" in the Dakota language. The Refuge encompasses 4,650 acres (18.8 km2) of wetlands, native tallgrass prairie, and bur oak forest that provide a wide variety of nesting habitat for more than 100 species of waterfowl, song birds, and upland game birds as well as 140 additional bird species during migrations. Mammals include species from the ever present white-tailed deer to the more elusive coyote and the diminutive pygmy shrew. The central location of Waubay National Wildlife Refuge in North America gives visitors the chance to see a mix of eastern, western, northern, and southern species.

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