Ducks Unlimited recently completed work on a water control structure on what will be the Perch Waterfowl Production Area. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. completed the purchase and habitat restoration of 300 acres on Perch Lake, an important migratory waterfowl lake in Blue Earth County. The property will be donated to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for management as the Perch Lake Waterfowl Production Area. The Trust has retired the agricultural fields and completed major wetland restorations on the 150-acre parcels on the south end of the lake. The entire 300 acres have been planted with a diverse grass and prairie seed mix.
“Almost immediately after restoration was complete, the wetlands filled with water and birdsreturned to take advantage of the new habitat,” said Deborah Loon, executive director of the Minnesota Valley Trust. “The two very large, connected wetlands will provide long-term high quality habitat for migratory waterfowl, including the Lesser Scaup.”
Funding for the water control structure was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources) and the North American Wetland Conservation Act.
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