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Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge HOsts 33rd Consecutive Eagle Days
Midwest Region, December 2, 2011
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The 33rd Eagle Days was completed December 2 through 4, 2011 at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. Despite nearly two inches of rain on Saturday, spirits were high. More than 57 bald eagles, 230,000 snow geese, 97 trumpeter swans and 101,000 ducks were observed. A cooperative venture co-sponsored by the Refuge and the Missouri Department of Conservation, the event was made possible through a large number of partners, including: Friends of Squaw Creek, Midland Empire Audubon Society, Wildlife Society Chapter at Missouri Western State University, Mound City Kiwanis Club, Mound City Development Corporation, Missouri Master Naturalists, Women in the Outdoors chapter of the National Turkey Federation, Northwest Cellular, Ioway Tribe, Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Squaw Creek also had help from staff members from the Prairie Wetland Learning Center, Litchfield Wetland Acquisition Office, Litchfield Wetland Management District, Swan Lake NWR, DeSoto NWR, Friends of the Prairie Wetland Learning Center and even a retired Service Employee.

 

On Friday, Dec. 2, 21 school busses from 19 Northwest Missouri/Northeast Nebraska schools brought 882 students to see the Dickerson Park Zoo live eagle show at the refuge headquarters and take a guided bus tour of the refuge wetlands to see a variety of birds in the wild. On Saturday and Sunday, more than 2,149 visitors entered the refuge office and headquarters buildings to see a variety of eagle displays and play a number of educational games. A total of 1,249 attended the live eagle show, 105 took the free shuttle bus from Interstate 29 to the headquarters, 445 enjoyed the refuge guided bus tour, 296 made stops at the spotting scopes to see bald eagles in the wild and 4,656 drove the refuge auto tour route. These totals are about two-third the usual visitation due to the incliment weather. However, it still was a great event and the refuge received many positive comments.

Contact Info: Ron Bell, 660/442-5754,extension 13, Ron_Bell@fws.gov



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