"The Chase Lake Foundation will foster an understanding and appreciation for our natural resources through educational activities that demonstrate coexistence of wildlife, agriculture and the benefits they provide for all people.

- Chase Lake Foundation Mission Statement


Founded in 1991, the Chase Lake Foundation seeks to bring greater awareness and appreciation of the prairie pothole landscape and to develop natural resources based opportunities for the rural community. Our goal is to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between the community, landowners, farmers, and visitors to help conserve our natural resources while developing the area's full potential as one of the top birding and natural resource tourism sites in not only this nation, but also in the world.

Pelican BriefsThe Chase Lake Foundation is a membership-based non-profit 501c3 corporation. Anyone can become a member by making an annual financial contribution to the Foundation. All donations are tax deductible. Members have a vote and voice in the organization through it's annual meeting held each spring and through its elected board of directors which normally meets on a monthly basis.

The Chase Lake Foundation is the community-based partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is recognized as an official USFWS "Friends" organization to the Chase Lake National Refuge, located north of Medina, North Dakota. This is the location of the flagship project of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. It is also the location of North America's largest Pelican rookery. The Foundation seeks to be a link for persons to connect with the uniqueness of the Missouri Coteau landscape, habitat, communities, and people.

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