Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

       
   

Area and County

    Becker County
    Northwest Minnesota
     
 

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Size

30,665 acres

 
 
Maps

Refuge Map

Trail Map

 
Parking

Visitor Center
N46 57.468, W95 39.250

 
Hiking Trails

1.5 miles

5 mile Auto Tour Route

 
Hunting

Deer by firearms and archery, migratory birds, small game, and furbearers. See the Tamarac NWR Hunting Regulations and Map for details.

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province
Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal
Northern Minnesota Drift & Lake Plains

Subsection(s)  

Hardwood Hills
Pine Moraines & Outwash Plains

Land Type Association(s)

Naytahwaush Moraine

Round Lake Sand Plain

Shell Lake Moraine

White Earth Moraine

 
Native Plant Communities1

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Alder - (Red Currant - Meadow-Rue) Swamp

Aspen - Birch - Basswood Forest

Aspen - Birch - Fir Forest

Aspen - (Sugar Maple - Basswood) Forest

Beaver Wetland Complex

Black Ash - Mountain Maple Swamp (Northern)

Black Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Basswood Swamp (Eastcentral)

Bog Birch - Alder Shore Fen

Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Western)

Extremely Rich Tamarack Swamp

Graminoid Poor Fen (Basin)

Graminoid Rich Fen (Basin)

Graminoid - Sphagnum Rich Fen (Basin)

Low Shrub Poor Fen

Meadow - Marsh - Fen-Swamp Complex

Northern Mesic Hardwood Forest

Northern Rich Fen (Basin)

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp

Northern Wet Ash Swamp

Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest

Oak - Aspen Forest

Oak - Aspen - Red Maple Forest

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Large-Flowered Trillium) Forest

Red Pine - White Pine Forest

Sedge Meadow

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Aspen) Forest

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

Young Forest Complex

 
Ownership

 
Links

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

 
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Coot migration at Tamarac Nat'l Wildlife Refuge 2009

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Swan migration at Tamarac Nat'l Wildlife Refuge - 2009

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Tamarac Nat'l Wildlife Refuge - fall 2009

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Tamarac - Around the Refuge
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region

 
   
 
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  Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Golden-winged Warbler Project
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Published on Mar 18, 2014

Hometown Happenings 3 10 14

   
       
  Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge Project Noah
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Published on Oct 15, 2012

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  A Day at Minnesota's Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge
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Published on Aug 29, 2013

Relax with the early morning fog at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge. Listen to the trumpeter swans at sunset as the day closes.

   
       
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Introduction to visitor opportunities at Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

   
       
  Climate Change Study
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Hometown Happeneings from Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

   
       

 

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Birds

American Coot (Fulica americana)

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)

Tundra Swan

               
               
MinnesotaSeasons.com Observations
   
Birds

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

 

Endangered

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

 

Threatened

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Wilson’s Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)

 

Special concern

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri)

Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan)

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa fedoa)

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)

Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis)

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

USFWS Bird Checklist

eBird Field Checklist (Sanctuary)

eBird Field Checklist (Visitor Center)

 
  Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Osprey <em>(Pandion haliaetus)</em> on nest
 
Mammals

One mammal species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

 

Threatened

gray wolf (Canis lupus)

 
  North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) North American porcupine
 
Plants

Two plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

 

Special concern

Guadalupe waternymph (Najas guadalupensis ssp. olivacea)

Mingan moonwort (Botrychium minganense)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Alder - (Red Currant - Meadow-Rue) Swamp WFn74a (Fact sheet not available)

Aspen - Birch - Basswood Forest MHn35a

Aspen - Birch - Fir Forest MHn44d

Aspen - (Sugar Maple - Basswood) Forest MHc37a

Black Ash - Mountain Maple Swamp (Northern) WFn55c

Black Ash - Yellow Birch - Red Maple - Basswood Swamp (Eastcentral) WFn55b

Bog Birch - Alder Shore Fen OPn81a

Central Mesic Hardwood Forest (Western) MHc37

Extremely Rich Tamarack Swamp FPn82b

Graminoid Poor Fen (Basin) APn91b

Graminoid Rich Fen (Basin) OPn92a

Graminoid - Sphagnum Rich Fen (Basin) OPn92b

Low Shrub Poor Fen APn91a

Northern Mesic Hardwood Forest MHn35

Northern Rich Fen (Basin) OPn92

Northern Very Wet Ash Swamp WFw64

Northern Wet Ash Swamp WFn55

Northern Wet-Mesic Boreal Hardwood-Conifer Forest MHn44

Oak - Aspen Forest FDc34b

Oak - Aspen - Red Maple Forest MHc26a

Poor Tamarack - Black Spruce Swamp APn81b

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bluebead Lily) Forest MHn35b

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Large-Flowered Trillium) Forest MHc26b

Red Pine - White Pine Forest FDc34a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Aspen) Forest MHc37b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

 
 

 

 

 

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