Fur and Feathers
The refuge is rich in its variety of wildlife. It is home for 31 kinds of
mammals, 35 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 301 species of birds. Migratory
birds stop to rest and feed at Squaw Creek Refuge during their long spring and
fall migrations. In September, pelicans are among the first heralds of fall.
Great blue herons wade in shallow ponds, fishing for their dinner. Sandpipers,
running along the water's edge leaving fragile patterns in the mud, are
startled into flight by a swiftly passing shadow.
Other early migrants, pintail, gadwalls and teal, are soon joined by
mallards, snow geese and Canada geese. At peak migration times, 300,000 snow geese
and as many as 100,000 ducks feed and rest in the marshes.
Bald eagles, the American national symbol, migrate into the refuge in the
late fall and early winter to feed on sick and injured waterfowl. As many as
300 eagles may be found here during peak season. A few may spend the winter.
Mice and voles are safely hidden from hawks and owls by fields of prairie
grass. Beaver and muskrat find food and cover in the marsh. Coyotes hunt in the
uplands. Whitetail deer seek shelter in willow thickets and groves of cottonwood
Invitation to Squaw Creek
At Squaw Creek Refuge there is an excellent opportunity to enjoy wildlife in
its natural setting. Refuge roads and foot trails provide access to many
wildlife observation areas. Viewing towers and wayside exhibits are excellent
vantage points for observing and photographing wildlife. From a high point on
the Loess Bluff Trail, hikers can view the Missouri River floodplain and much
of the refuge. Parts of Kansas and Nebraska can also be seen on a clear day.
Squaw Creek Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset, although some roads
may be closed during wet weather. In addition to the spectacular viewing of
waterfowl, eagles and deer, seasonal activities such as fishing and photography
can also be enjoyed.
No camping is permitted on the refuge; however, camping facilities are
available at Big Lake State Park, 8 miles (13 kilometers) west of the refuge,
Restroom facilities are available at the Refuge Headquarters. Office hours are
Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
For additional information contact:
Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 158
Mound City, Missouri 64470
Telephone: (660) 442-3187