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Native plants bring biodiversity to Brice Prairie refuge


ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - Native plants bring a diversity of wildlife to the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, La Crosse District Visitor Center.

The 183 acres of sand prairie were seeded about five years ago.

The native plants are now maturing and heightening the biodiversity at the refuge.

Officials say nearly 30 different species of birds were spotted recently, including mallard nests.

"Even though you might not see things happening right in front of your eyes all the time, there's a lot going on in the under story," says park ranger Katie Julian.

The refuge also has educational exhibits and interactive activities for guests to learn about the sand prairie.

This season, the center is open through August 31st:

  • Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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