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05/14/2014 10:39 AM EDT

Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota was established in 1936 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The 1270 acre refuge serves as an important migration corridor for waterfowl and shorebirds. In 2003, the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network designated the refuge as a Regional Shorebird Reserve. It’s also not a bad place to catch the Milky Way after sunset.

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