This is the time of year to visitSquaw Creek NWRin Northwest Missouri. I go several times each year and spend as much time as possible there in late fall and early winter.
It is a major rest stop for migrating water fowl each fall and spring, and as such, hundreds of bald eagles also find it a great place to visit too.
The refugebird countof 11/19/12 indicated 218,000 geese, 140,000 ducks, and 72 bald eagles (these numbers will likely increase toward mid-December).If you don’t mind crowds, check outEagle Dayson December 1-2, 2012.
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Missouri near Mound City. The refuge was established as a refuge feeding and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The refuge is 30 miles northwest of St. Joseph, Missouri. It is 100 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri, and 100 miles south of Omaha, Nebraska. The refuge includes 7,415 acres of wetlands, grasslands, and forests along the eastern edge of the Missouri River floodplain . There is usually a lot of wildlife action there until the water freezes after which the migration continues south and things quiet down until spring. Here are a couple of my favorite shots taken at Squaw Creek NWR in recent years:
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