June 3rd, 2019
On our way up to Lake Metigoshe State Park last week, my husband and I decided to take the scenic route and drive through the J Clark Saylor National Wildlife Refuge in Mchenry County, North Dakota. One tip I have for anyone who wants to go, plan to be there most of the day. We were only there for about 2 hours, and we really had to rush through the last half of the 22 mile auto tour in order to be up to the lake in time for a meeting.
Get ready for the list of waterfowl we saw, mostly at the wildlife refuge: mallards, canvasback, ruddy duck, blue-winged teal, northern shoveler, gadwall, bufflehead, wood duck, red-necked grebe, canadian ducks, white pelicans, red-winged blackbird and yellow-headed blackbird. Not too shabby! It was fun to get home and look back on our photos to identify all of the different birds.
There are 566 national wildlife refuges. North Dakota has 63, more than any other state. It looks like I have more exploring to do!