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Near Willmar in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Turning Back Time

 
 
Turning Back Time Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
1. Turning Back Time Marker
Inscription.
Turning Back Time

The wetland before you is only a small part of the Weber Waterfowl Production Area; this original 80 acre site was bought from Regina and Anthony Weber in 1965. Additional land was purchased between 1970-74. This 421 acre site was acquired through money generated by the sale of Federal Duck Stamps and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Earlier, this wetland had been drained and most of the land was farmed. Only 33 acres of this waterfowl production area are considered native prairie — prairie land that has never been farmed. By replanting 230 acres of grass and restoring wetlands it's like turning back time.

Home Sweet Home

Habitat is the term we use to describe a plant or animal's home. The Weber Waterfowl Production Area has it all — good food, plenty of fresh water for drinking and bathing, shelter, and enough space to raise a family. But what lives here?

A variety of plants, grasses, flowers, insects, reptiles, birds and mammals — especially ducks are adapted for living in these grassland and wetland areas. Some residents are permanent, living here year-round; while others are migrating travelers on their journey. Survival depends upon this very special habitat and having a home.

Partners
Home Sweet Home Interpretive Panel image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
2. Home Sweet Home Interpretive Panel
are Important

Developing and managing Waterfowl Production Areas involves the help of many people. It begins with the landowner selling the land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2006 a major effort started to restore the grasslands on this waterfowl production area. This effort involved funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Kandiyohi County Public Works Department, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Boy Scout Troop 224 of Willmar, Minnesota, supplied over 500 volunteer hours to control invasive species.

This parking area was developed by Matt Glup, as his eagle scout project, with the help of the following partners:
Prairie Pothole Chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association
Kandiyohi Chapter of Pheasants Forever
Willmar Sportsman's Club
Boy Scout Troop 224
Glup Construction, Inc.
Bergh Manufacturing
Clayton Blackwell
Ernie and Noretta Glup
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
 
Location. 45° 10.828′ N, 95° 4.674′ W. Marker is near Willmar, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on 30th Street Northwest (County Highway 5) 0.1 miles south of 60th Avenue Northwest (County Highway 25), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is 2.9 miles north of 37th Avenue
Partners are Important Interpretive Panel image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
3. Partners are Important Interpretive Panel
Northwest (County Road 92). Marker is in this post office area: Willmar MN 56201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Guri Endresen-Rosseland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haugen Homestead (approx. 1.8 miles away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 4 miles away); Geology of the Willmar Region (approx. 4 miles away); C.C.C. Worker (approx. 4 miles away); Robbins Island (approx. 4 miles away); Veterans War Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Great Northern Railway Engine No. 2523 (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willmar.
 
More about this marker. captions:
Water drained wetlands 1938
Weber restored wetlands 2008
Yellow-headed blackbird
Prairie wildflowers
Buffleheads visit in the spring and fall.
Yellow lady slipper
Red-necked grebes nest in this wetland.
Thanks Boy Scout Troop 224
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Litchfield Wetland Management District. (Submitted on October 5, 2014.) 

2. Northland Outdoors. Willmar Boy Scouts, USFWS team up to clean up Weber WPA. (Submitted on October 5, 2014.) 

3. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Satellite view of Weber Waterfowl
Interpretive Panels image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
4. Interpretive Panels
Production Area. (Submitted on October 5, 2014.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
Weber Waterfowl Production Area and Interpretive Panels image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
5. Weber Waterfowl Production Area and Interpretive Panels
Weber Waterfowl Production Area image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
6. Weber Waterfowl Production Area
Weber Waterfowl Production Area Sign image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
7. Weber Waterfowl Production Area Sign
Weber Waterfowl Production Area
Acquired and Managed by the
Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
to Conserve
Waterfowl Habitat

Developed through cooperation with
Willmar Sportsman's Club
Soil Conservation Service
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 5, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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