Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge

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    Becker County
    Northwest Minnesota

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3,200 acres


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N46 52.615, W95 57.533

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No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

Red River Valley


Red River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Audubon Moraine

Flom Till Plain

Native Plant Communities1 Not mapped (2/2/2018)
Natural Features

Restored pothole wetlands, two lakes, the “Big 6 Wetlands”.



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This refuge has been designated an Important Bird Area.








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Hamden Slough NWR Youth Hunt: Fostering the Next Generation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region


Young hunters, mentors and parents came out for a morning of duck hunting at Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Staff and Friends of Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District, along with volunteers from Ducks Unlimited, hosted the youth and their families for a morning of hands-on waterfowling. Midwest Regional Director, Tom Melius, was among the dedicated mentors who shared their passion for waterfowling and conservation. This is the second annual youth hunt that Hamden Slough NWR has hosted and is a unique and very special day for mentors and hunters alike.




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  Hamden Slough 25th Anniversary

Published on Oct 30, 2014

Hometown Happenings 10 20 14

  Hamden Slough-Project of Izaak Walton & USFWS
John Crampton

Published on Mar 19, 2013

This video tells the story of Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Audubon, Minnesota and the cooperation between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Prairie Woods Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America to restore this area for migrating waterfowl, birding, wildlife habitat, prairie restoration, and water quality.




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Waterfowl migration peaks between late April and early May. Shorebird and prairie songbird numbers peak from mid- to late-May.


Eighteen bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:



Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii)

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)



Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)


Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Nelson’s Sparrow (Ammodramus nelsoni)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Pine to Prairie Birding Trail

eBird Field Checklist (Complete)

eBird Field Checklist (Bisson Lake)


American Coot (Fulica americana)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus)

American Coot





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