MN Valley Wildlife Refuge Part 1

While I was home last week my family and I did a lot of exploring. During this time, we finally went to the MN Valley Wildlife Refuge. A place that we had driven past several times and only now done research on. It is a lot bigger than it looks from the highway, and it is divided into units. It is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

I try not to confuse people too much, so if I ever go into detail about the politics in managing land it will be when I am working for that type of agency. The main point of this post will be to explain what agencies are doing to improve and maintain ecosystems. Many of the areas that are now the refuge were once farmland. Now, it is being restored to the ecosystem that it should be.

The first day, we went to the main part of the refuge. Considering that a few weeks earlier in Northern MN there was a blizzard warning, it was serprising how green it was. It was also cool how a simple thing like controling where water goes controls the type of ecosystem is in the area.

It was also interesting to see the areas that can be seen from the highway, as well as seeing how close to the highway the refuge is.


As we walked, we could see what the refuge is known for: the diversity of birds.

After seeing one part of the refuge we had to see another part, but that would have to wait for another day. Thus, part 2 of this post will be written shortly.


  1. Emma Said:

    So pretty!

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