Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge, Mound City

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Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge is a National Wildlife Refuge in northwestern Missouri, United States, established in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.The refuge comprises 7350acre along the eastern edge of the Missouri River floodplain south of Mound City, Missouri in Holt County, Missouri.The refuge is bounded by the Loess Hills on the east with a trail going to the top built originally by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The most dramatic moments occur during spring and fall migrations, when the refuge serves as a chokepoint for hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese on the Central Flyway. As many as 475 bald eagles have been sighted on the refuge in the winter. The refuge annually celebrates the eagle visits with "Eagle Days" celebrations. In February 2013, over one million snow geese were counted.The refuge derived its original name from Squaw Creek, a stream originating about 30mi north at the Bilby Ranch Conservation Area in Nodaway County, Missouri that is dammed to form the reservoirs. The creek is the larger of the two main creeks that feed the refuge and parallels the road on the west. Davis Creek, the next biggest creek, parallels the east side road. They merge with the Little Tarkio Creek just south of the refuge in a man made ditch leading five miles to the Missouri River.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Excellent wildlife area, great viewing areas along the motor route that have built in telescopes to view the birds with. Lots of really good well managed hiking trails with some great viewing areas. T...  more »
  • March 24, 2017
    We will have to come back here again. It was not the season to see the thousands of migrating birds when we visited, but the visitor center has many preserved examples of the ducks and geese and other...  more »
  • March 18, 2017
    With a small town. there isn't much to do, but my visit here was actually lots of fun. There were lots of snow geese and there were a couple deer. We had a nice half hour drive through the refuge. Ove...  more »

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