The Karl E. Mundt National Wildlife Refuge was the first Federal eagle sanctuary.
Cottonwoods are planted periodically to provide future eagle roosting habitat.
Native grasslands add diversity to the river-break ecosystem.
Nine Mile Gulch is located on the southern portion of the Karl E. Mundt National Wildlife Refuge.
The Missouri River and its surrounding habitat provide ideal roosting habitat and abundant food for wintering eagle populations.
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Small numbers of eagles begin to move onto the refuge during late October, with peak populations occurring during December and January.